Why am I a part of EarthCorps?
Poem written by Matthew McWitz, EarthCorps corps member, 2019
I joined EarthCorps because I heard the cry of the earth.
I knew I had to throw my lot in
for what it’s worth.
I don’t presume to have the power to save us all.
But those that can hear
have an obligation;
An offering, however small.
I am often afraid…Afraid that it’s too little, too late.
But believing we can do nothing
Guarantees a tragic fate.
And so here I am. Working away.
Doing my part.
A little each day.
We sometimes joke. Saving the earth, one fern at a time.
In a sense it’s poetic. For isn’t that how the earth was made?
I joined EarthCorps because of the suffering of the world
literally kept me up at night.
And I came to believe that the best way to help
Was to help the mother that made us.
it’s going to be a fight.
Sometimes I am still afraid.
But now I can sleep.
Knowing each day I did what little I could
The price for good rest is never too steep.
I am part of EarthCorps because the problem at hand
cannot be tackled alone.
To comfortably assume such a task would require
a heart made of stone.
I am a part of EarthCorps because the next right thing to do
can be so hard to find.
And when working for something greater than yourself
you can sometimes feel blind.
I am a part of EarthCorps because I too am guilty.
Guilty of..whatever it is that got us here.
I am driven by a sandwich of love and guilt
Bookended by fear.
I am a part of EarthCorps
because I don’t want to die
Environmental service is an act
Why should I lie?
I am a part of EarthCorps because I am grateful.
So grateful to be alive,
I want all living beings today and forevermore
To also flourish and thrive.
I am a part of EarthCorps because
every time I see a deer amongst the trees
I feel like
I am a part of all things
Birds, bears, and bees.