Nature loved you
And you loved Nature;
Each gave to each other the heart.
Breathy winds whispered wisdom to your ears
And like a stoker,
Beauty stirred the fire of your passion.
So it was that you offered yourself to Nature as
Each day was a roaring waterfall
Of thoughts and emotions.
Both the burning wells of love and anger
Gave you strength to be a warrior.
Written and spoken,
Was your merciful sword.
Unfailing compassion and hope
Were your indestructible shield.
The world's virgin lands
But not untouchable
Were the battlefield.
And people tainted by
Were the enemy.
You fought so bravely, so determinedly
And in the end,
You became a sacrifice for Nature.
Another mourned body
Whose burdens fly to living comrades.
But memory does not die with the mortal body-
You live on,
Loved and revered,
Your deeds known and unforgotten.
And your fallen mantles
Are draped over the shoulders of ones alike to you.
Do not fear for the death of your duty;
I will bear it for you
And pass it on
When I too can no longer be a warrior.
This battle is not lost.