alien brothers & sisters

For the final image of our 2021 Earth Family Calendar, Marisa captured a tribe of modern humans living in harmony with the wild, each other and themselves. 


by Marisa Papen

alien brothers and sisters
we are here together
as earth people
sprung from the same cell - soul
nature’s invention
scripted a billion times
in a million different plays - places

we are every single person
divided by a thin pocket of flesh
yet our lungs are filled with shared air
breathed for us by far-away rainforest trees

we are both plant and animal
we are the stars and the soil
we are meant to be
a planet of poetry

oh, harmony
the light of love is only one switch away
respect all living things that fly, walk, crawl or swim
feel gratitude for everything this home brings

heaven is here