Earth First & Last

Like children

      in summertime,

      our planet

thrives on

vivid evidence

that there

is always

something to be.

Unlike fools

who amass

acres by way

of massacres,

nature plants

herself in one

area and creates

worlds around her.

Earth itself

(like birds

and wisdom)

feeds on


and sees death

for what it is: the

freedom to erode.

— Connolly Ryan

Connolly Ryan is a poet and senior lecturer at UMass Amherst Honors College. You can contact him at