Bipolar Gaia – a poem for Earth DayApril 22, 2011 By webmaster Leave a CommentCharles Burchfield“April Mood” by Charles BurchfieldIn honor of Earth Day, here’s a poem I wrote a couple of years ago. Yes, I know it’s no longer February, and Gaia’s in a better mood, today at any rate, but the theme feels more relevant than ever. Enjoy, and Happy Earth Day!Bipolar GaiaGaia’s gone bipolar. Finally flipped,now that it’s February.Oh yes, I know she’s always had her moods, but now she’s rapid-cycling.Call the cosmic shrinks,prescribe some medication STATto calm her down, and level outthe peaks and valleys. Just yesterday, snow spewedfrom man-made guns at Jiminy Peak,while Gaia played her part superbly, gifting the hills with picture-perfect flakesof powdered sugar. Skiing through the gentle storm, my goggles frosted over as the slopes turned grayin winter’s cold flat light. An hour ago I trampled through my garden,soaking up sun at sixty-some degrees.My boots sucked mud. I searched in vainfor vagrant spears of crocus, daffodils,but nature clings to sanityin some respects. The shoots stay hiddensafely underground, obeying the sun’s celestial calendar.Now clouds obscure the sun,and my computer e-mails me an automatic warningof gale-force, frigid winds. This strangely rapid cycling leaves me wondering. Has mankind made her mad? Is earth abused, a victim?Is this her final freakout? First hurricanes, tsunamis, now this weird bipolar winterthat jerks my mood around. She can’t be hospitalized against her will. I guesswe’ll have to watch and wait.