Dust poem by Iris Carden
"Dust you are and to dust you will return." I am dust. I am carbon and hydrogen and oxygen and iron and calcium and nitrogen and phosphorus. I am the stuff of soil and rock, of plants and trees and animals, of water and air. I am the stuff of stars and planets. I am the stuff of coral reefs and ocean depths. I am the stuff of creeks and forests. I am the stuff of clouds and wind and rain. I am a part of the whole of creation. What is good for earth and air and water and plants and animals is good for me. What harms earth and air and water and plants and animals harms me. I must tread softly on this earth, for it is me and I am it, and you and me are we, and we are part of all that lives. We are dust and to dust we will return. The earth feeds us and nurtures us. We will feed the soil, and nurture the earth. People and planet must grow and work together, because we are all dust.