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a poem written after attending I Love Mountains Day 2011 in Frankfort, KY
by Derek Brown, University of Kentucky

It stood,
tall above the crowd.
Beside the Capital steps.
The needles reflecting
the early spring sun.

It was not the first time
it had seen
this very blood

beaten down by the black, bastard,
gringo companies.
The King
of a foreign land.

A subtle reminder
of the forested spirit.

If these walls could talk?
If these trees could see!

Alive and growing,
Conscious and knowing?

What would they say after all?
The aged noble pine.
On which side
would fall the divine?

A Call To Humanity

Submitted by Rev. Kait Delapoer

Be at peace now
Still the heart, the mind, the spirit
Be certain and clear and remember her now
She is our mother, our life support, our blessing
Breathe her essence into your heart and hold on
Release her love through gratitude
Know that she will survive

Be at peace now
Still the heart, the mind, the spirit
Be certain and clear and remember now
The preciousness of all life
Breathe this memory into your heart and hold on
Release this thoughtform through gratitude
Know that this will not be forgotten, however…

Blessed Humanity Please Be Concerned:

Remember the preciousness of all life! We are only as healthy and as vibrant as the blessed earth beneath our feet.  Honor the earth and remember that she too, Is a being of life.  She is a living breathing, being of life who has not been honored by mankind.  When we honor the earth, we honor ourselves.  When we dishonor the earth through destruction we dishonor ourselves by limiting future generations the opportunity of experiencing natural beauty.  The earth offers humanity the gift of multi-dimensional wisdom through experiencing its magnificent natural beauty.  Through spirit the human sensory system is capable of accessing this sacred wisdom and beauty.  You might say that this is a type of technology that will never be available for future generations if mankind continues to destroy the earth.  The earth is our salvation.  Remember her every day as the mother of humanity.  Is this anyway to treat your beloved mother?  Time is of the essence now.  We must not stop or hesitate or even pause for a moment without knowing that it is our responsibility to take action on behalf of the earth.  If humanity becomes complacent and forgetful, the luxury of hesitation will turn into a motherless child.  Bless this earth now with presence of mind and insist that your voice be heard.

Bless all humanity!


Submitted by Carole Madan, “Momma Nature”, An evangelical Christian who has been saving native environments for 40 years.

Please forgive us for allowing the desecration of Your holy mountains.

Send a message to our children and grandchildren that we will stop blasting of mountain tops in the name of greed.

Let us be strong in the knowledge that You want us to be active in our prayers, lives, churches, temples and synagogues to bring Light to the dark evil that takes joy in making money from killing what we love.

Our air, water and soil is being killed even as we stand and watch. We will come together as one to speak for the trees, streams and future generations who need our voice.

Thank you for the beauty and magnificence of our natural world. Give all who feel Your love the strength to carry on and let your Angels surround us and keep us protected.

the earth was once a playground

a poem submitted by:

the earth was once a playground
not ours
not matter what belief
before us there were animals
there was sun

it is not for us to dishevel
you would not want someone to harm you
let us not be hypocrites
and indulge in what earth has given us
from the beginning
mother nature cannot live on life support

God Bless

Received on the Prayer Line of the Holy Cross Chapel and Catholic Resource Center, Houston, Texas

Thank you and God bless you!

Let me be an instrument of Your peace.

Submitted by Beverly, Aaron, and Kaylee Donovan of Burgess, VA

Father you see and know that your mountains are being destroyed by a select few.

Please guide and direct them to a better way of life.

Please bless all the good people who are working to stop mountaintop removal.

Please help me be an instrument of your peace.

This we pray in Your name, Amen.

Finding a strip mine out in the woods

A poem submitted by Angelyn DeBord. She is an Appalachian-born and raised storyteller, actress, playwright and workshop leader from Gate City, VA.

***From a distance *

*the sound is of birds *


*threatened by my approach*

*their flight *

*is imminent.*

*that is the sound…*

*as I draw nearer*

* *

Prayer for the Mountains

Submitted by Beth Lapides, author of “Did I Wake You? Haiku’s For Modern Living”

I give thanks for the mountain I live by, that drew me to it, magnetized me.

I ask for the strength of it. To protect other mountains, which protect us.

I offer my heart to the ground disprupted.

I wait for guidance to help create the world in which we can live by and with the mountains peacefully.

Love to all mountains, and all the valleys that the mountains define.  In this moment and forever more.

Lord, Please give me strength

Submitted by Joe Burrell of Reedville, VA

When I visited Kayford Mountain, WV for the first time I experienced a number of emotions:

Horror – How could anybody do this to the beautiful mountains

Shame – To be part of the human race that perpetrates such a crime

Sadness – Those sites will never be beautiful again

Anger – I hated Massey and the others

Helplessness – What can anybody do to change things

Joy – A lot of good people are working on it

Hope – Progress is being made

Lord, please give me the strength to harness these emotions to work for positive change. Help me turn hate to love, and treat those who agree with mountaintop removal with the repect and dignity they deserve. Help me find the strength to continue working for what is right.

Prayers of the Faithful

Submitted by Frances Burrell, a Roman Catholic from the Northern Neck of Virginia

Carla Mullis, photo by Kent KessingerLector: For the people in the Appalachian coalfields.
May they get what they need and be treated with respect and dignity
Congregation: We Pray To The Lord

Lector: For the poor, the sick and the elderly there
Congregation: We Pray To The Lord

Lector: For all miners. May they have safe working conditions,
and receive better pay and benefits for the hard work they are doing
Congregation: We Pray To The Lord

Lector: For all the people who are working to end Mountaintop Removal.
Give them strength, courage and wisdom
Congregation: We Pray To The Lord

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