GBM Blog

Remembering Professor Maathai

October 26, 2011 - 08:50AM
Published by Benson Mwangi


She is not dead,
Who leaves to us this great heritage of remembering joy.
She is still alive in our hearts,
In the happiness we knew, in the dreams we shared,
Big dreams of a greener and cleaner world.

She is still breathing,
In the lingering fragrance, windblown,
From her favourite trees and flowers,
She is still smiling in the moonlight’s silver,
And laughs in the sunlight’s sparking gold.
She still speaks in the echoes of the words
we’ve heard her say again and again.

She still moves down the clean water catchments and rivers,
In the rhythm of waving trees of Karura forest and others,
In the dance of the tossing branches of freedom corner.

She is not dead;
Her memory is warm in our hearts,
comfort in our sorrow.
She is not apart from us, but part of us,
For love is eternal,
And those we love, shall be with us throughout all eternity
Life means all that it ever meant.

It is the same as it ever was,
Follow her foot steps …just do it,
The way she did it; it makes life more beautiful and
Sweet to the honest young and old.

There is unbroken continuity,
She has left her spirit with us,
The spirit to save and conserve our environment.

Should she be out of mind because she is out of sight? NO!
She is smiling at you,
for every tree you plant,
and for obeying God’s law, per Genesis 1:11-12.

She is watching you, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
Don’t grab public lands, don’t cut trees, now and always,
And you will remain blessed sons and daughters, of the most high God.