No wind, no bird. The river flames like brass.
On either side, smitten as with a spell
Of silence, brood the fields. In the deep grass,
Edging the dusty roads, lie as they fell
Handfuls of shriveled leaves from tree and bush.
But ’long the orchard fence and at the gate,
This annual initiative, which first began on April 22, 1970, encourages global awareness of, and activism toward, building a healthy, sustainable planet and combating climate change so that the Earth and all its natural resources will be available for future generations. Browse this selection of poems for Earth Day.