Remember By Joy Harjo

Since the evolution of poetry, many of literature’s greatest poets have strived to pay homage to nature through their words and poems. From a single dew drop to the starry expanse of the universe, and everything that is present between them, poets have been humbled and inspired by the beauty and complexity, and the surprises of nature – and their poems are a testimony to that fact. Though there are many poems that have been written in honour of Mother Nature, I have chosen this one, because it is delicate and beautiful, while at the same time reminding us that our link with nature is something that we must try and preserve at every moment of our life.

Remember by Joy Harjo

Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star’s stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time.

Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother’s, and hers.

Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are: red earth, black earth, yellow earth,
white earth, brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too.
Talk to them,listen to them. They are alive poems.

Remember the wind.
Remember her voice.She knows the origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people are you.
Remember you are this universe and this universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.