Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Poetry Month #3: Earthseed by Octavia Butler

This poem has been a favorite for years without my ever thinking much about the poet who happens to be an woman science-fiction writer.  The poem is followed by a musical adaption of part of her message.

Earthseed
by Octavia E. Butler
Here we are –
Energy,
Mass,
Life,
Shaping life,
Mind,
Shaping Mind
God,
Shaping God.
Consider—
We are born
Not with purpose,
But with potential.
All that you touch
You Change.
All that you Change
Changes you.
The only lasting truth
Is Change.
God
Is Change.

Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African-American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive theMacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.



1 comment:

  1. You make my heart sing with this poem and song this morning.

    Thank you!

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