The bee’s a’bumble on the vine 
Blooms open to his caress
Buzzed on nectar and sweet sun shine
Precious honey is the quest
Trees stretch their branches for the birds
The leaves dance to hear them sing
They lift their voices without words
With prayer upon their wings
The river flows, she twists and rolls
Alive and breathing the sky
Spilling life to thirsty souls
She gives and doesn’t ask why
The wind and rain and sun and moon
Bring nourishment to my bones
Heaven is here in Nature’s womb
Earth’s breath and blood my home
No pearly gates or streets of gold
Can match what we’ve been given
Mother Earth has blessed my soul
It’s all I need of Heaven

Originally published at Atlanta Outdoors Examiner