Shanta Acharya

IF

If the universe had not been born of love,
an unimaginable explosion of energy and light –
we would not exist.

If the Milky Way and the dust of dying stars
did not scatter in space, reincarnated in love –
we would not exist.

If the sun and moon did not send their rays to earth,
awakening us to worlds beyond our imagination –
we would not exist.

If our atmosphere did not protect us from radiation
and space debris, gifting us with the gods of weather
we would not exist.

If our planet did not revolve round its axis,
inner and outer cores locked in embrace like lovers –
we would not exist.

If day and night did not daily renew their vows,
blessing us with warm days and wild nights –
we would not exist.

If water did not enthral us with the miracle
of creation, the birth of life and evolution –
we would not exist.

If plants did not produce oxygen for no reason
except the inalienable joy of breathing in carbon –
we would not exist.

If every species did not have a purpose for being
here, their survival worthy of celebration –
we would not exist.

If greed and ignorance, pride and power
stand in the path of enlightenment and compassion –
will cease to exist.

Shanta Acharya, DPhil (Oxon), is the author of twelve books. Her most recent publications are What Survives Is The Singing (2020) and Imagine: New and Selected Poems (2017). www.shanta-acharya.com