We gathered among the trees,
embraced by the land
where Thomas Berry dwelled.
Here with the meadow, butterflies and daisies
is where he found his voice.

For more than forty years
he studied, read and taught
about the beauty of the Earth and the danger ahead,
a foreboding he felt
about what will befall our sacred home.

A wise and friendly man, ablaze with words and surprise,
thank you! You said that when you died
you were not going anywhere.
But you were not correct.
You are among us now, here among the trees.