Mother Of Us All

     I thank Fred Andrle for sending me this poem.  It is a beautiful expression of the grief and anguish I feel about our planet’s sharply declining health. 



     by Fred Andrle              


         Mother of us all is leaving

         her spirit flies above the waters

         she is taken in the ice of winter

         she is taken in the gray of twilight

         there are no promises for her return.


         When she was with us, we forgot her

         she bade us come to silken forests

         she brought us to the dens of beasts

         but we were cold, and shut our eyes

         now mother of us all is leaving.


         She brought us nights, and stars, and darkness

         gave us wings and tongues of gold

         but we were silent, and we dared not speak.


         She took us to the heights of mountains

         showed us splendor in the valleys

         the river softly flowing

         the voices of the wind

         but we were angry and regretful

         and we turned our faces.


         Mother of us all is leaving

         taken in the death of winter

         now lonely in the chill of firelight

         we pray for her return.


This poem can be found, along with many of Fred’s others, in his book LOVE LIFE, available from

2 Responses to “Mother Of Us All”

  1. Tanya Says:

    What a lovely, heartbreaking poem.

  2. Judy Muller Says:

    Yes, this is so powerful, so eloquent, it catches in my throat.

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