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Today I want to share with you a poem, written by Suzi, of Nurtured Earth. I found Nurtured Earth the other day, when I spotted her wooden buttons in a treasury we were both featured in. Suzi offers a beautiful selection of solid wood buttons (among other beautiful buttons), which she has rescued from the trash. In addition to her efforts to be gentle on the earth, Suzi is also an amazing writer of poetry, artist, freelance graphic designer, gardener, and expectant first-time mum. This poem really touched me and somehow brought a fuller depth and meaning to the purchase I made from Suzi’s shop.

Mother Earth

Our Mother Earth is wounded
At the mercy of mans greed
Raped of her resources
Consumed by careless need

The trail of mans destruction
Leaves nothing in its wake
Species lost forever
It’s no ‘ignorant mistake’

Direct mail through our doors
Allure promise to lower cost
Irony steeps this lavish waste
Hectares of forests lost

Our sea levels are rising
The threat is very near
Seasons bring diversities
Do these warnings seem unclear?!

The beauty of this life on earth
Now wears an ugly shroud
Lifestyles built on idleness
Beneath this carbon cloud

The sand of time is running low
The time to act is NOW
Responsibility lies with you
So ask not ‘When?’ but ‘How?’

Our Mother Earth needs healing
If life we’re to preserve
Small changes make big impacts
Recycle, care, conserve!

NurturedEarth © SN 2007 – 2009

I also invited Suzi to share a bit about herself, which you can read below.

“If I was asked to name one of my weaknesses, writing about myself would be in the top few! Its not something I find very easy to do. I guess I should start with the basics… My real name is Suzi, I’m 35, I live with my partner in Nottinghamshire, and we’re expecting our first baby in August.

I’ve always been an empathic and creative person or as in the words of my father ‘in a world of my own’… I love to draw and write poetry (my work can be seen/read on deviantART http://inspiredinstinct.deviantart.com/gallery/ ) but rarely find the time to do either. I also do a small amount of freelance graphic design along with my two Etsy stores.

I work as a design administrator for a small team of designers at a company that designs & manufactures clothing for a major high street department store. Its not my calling… but it helps pay the relentless torrent of bills.

It was here where I rescued the buttons… I have to say that my workplace is usually pretty good when it comes to recycling and reducing waste and donates a lot of unwanted fabrics to schools and colleges.

I don’t claim to be perfect with my own efforts when it comes to green living, but I do try and it does influence my decisions when making purchases. The dream of one day being self sufficient in an eco home seems a long way off… but nevertheless… achievable and encouraging when the changes seem too disruptive to an otherwise ‘easier’ more selfish lifestyle.

It is after all the small changes that make a difference… Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Explore:

Suzi’s work on DeviantART

Suzi’s blog

Her buttons –  NurturedEarth

Her graphic design services – InspiredInstinct

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