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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mother Nature in disguise

Mother Nature (sometimes known as Mother Earth) is a common personification of nature. Also known as Nokomis, Algonquian legend says that "beneath the clouds lives the Earth-Mother from whom is derived the Water of Life, who at her bosom feeds plants, animals and human."

The word nature comes from the Latin word, natura, meaning birth. The personification of Mother Nature, was widely popular in the Middle Ages and can be traced to Ancient Greece where the earliest written literal references to the term "Mother Earth" occur in 13th/12th century BC.

Nature, the Gentlest Mother

"It's not your imagination" ~ 2007 movie poster for Premonition
By Emily Dickinson
Nature the gentlest mother is,
Impatient of no child,
The feeblest of the waywardest.
Her admonition mild

In forest and the hill
By traveller be heard,
Restraining rampant squirrel
Or too impetuous bird.

How fair her conversation
A summer afternoon,
Her household her assembly;
And when the sun go down,

Her voice among the aisles
Incite the timid prayer
Of the minutest cricket,
The most unworthy flower.

When all the children sleep,
She turns as long away
As will suffice to light her lamps,
Then bending from the sky

With infinite affection
And infiniter care,
Her golden finger on her lip,
Wills silence everywhere.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Nature

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