Celebrations of Earth

A small planet in a modest solar system,
a tumbling pebble in the cosmic stream, and yet...
This home is built of many mansions,
carved by wind and the fall of water,
lush with living things beyond number,
perfumed by salt spray and blossoms.
Here cool in a cloak of mist
or there steaming under a brazen sun,
Earth's variety excites the senses and exalts the soul.

Stuart Franklin,
NGM, January 2000.