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Poetry is magic. Poet Elizabeth Cruz said: She firmly believes that her writing will help her save Dry Great Her Salt Her Lake.
“Mother Earth is crying. Mother Earth is suffering. Sometimes it is at the hands of men. As Field translated it, she said it in Spanish.
Cruz is from Veracruz, Mexico and started writing at an early age. Her father owned a shoe store and she used to write on the soles of her shoes. She is a petite woman with short black curly hair and purple glasses. Her hand gestures are as grand as her passion for poetry and saving Utah’s iconic inland sea.
“Our mountains and lakes give us life. We need to respect them. We need to care for them and protect them,” Cruz said. “We are polluting and not taking care of Mother Earth.”
“We need to be happy, we need to be grateful. And how are we grateful? Cherish this beautiful land.”
Cruz said she first went to the Great Salt Lake a long time ago. She said, “I’ve been fascinated by its beauty and seen how it gives life. The lake is full of history. If I close my eyes, I see the early pioneers. And now, sadly, it’s not.” You can see things.”
Her poems about lakes juxtapose past, present and future. This is the original Spanish, followed by an English translation.
Salvemos el lago Salad.
Aquel lago impresionante el orgullo del estado
se empezó a evaporar, se evapora su historia
se evapora su grandeza, su belleza yminerals
sensaciones de tristeza, nos invade al mirar
de aquel lago tan inmenso, solo un charco quedará.
Las montañas son testigos, de aquel fulgor celestial
susprimeroshabitantes, se esmeran porcuidarlo
y por no contaminarlo, generaciones pasaron
y poco lo apreciaron, aquella bella riqueza
con la ayuda del humano, poco a poco lo secamos.
La Sal Se Encuentra Esparcida
dejando sus huellas por doquier.
¿ Por qué se secó el lago?
no lo supimos cuidar
sus aguas no valoramos, ni tampoco su cristal
Polke Somos Solo Expert
para destruir, para asesinar
destruimos nidos de aves, que tienen que emigrar.
Destruimos la naturaleza, que el oxígeno nos da
destruimos la madre tierra, que es nuestro bello hogar
la nueva generator, se tendrá que imaginar
que un dia existió un lago, de belleza Celestial.
save the lake
That Impressive Lake, The Pride Of The State
It started to evaporate The history of the lake evaporates
The greatness of the leak evaporates, its beauty and minerals
Feelings of sadness overwhelm us as we stare
That huge lake, all that’s left is a puddle.
Mountains are witnesses to heaven’s splendor
Original residents had a hard time caring for it
Beyond generations so as not to pollute
And they didn’t understand that beautiful richness
It is dried little by little by hand.
the salt is scattered now
It leaves footprints here and there.
Why did the lake dry up?
we didn’t know how to take care of it
The water and the crystals that we didn’t treasure
we are just experts
we destroy the nests of birds that must be migrated
we destroy nature and it gives us oxygen
we destroy our beautiful home, mother earth
A new generation must imagine
That there was once a lake of celestial splendor.
Cruz especially hopes to be able to raise awareness among the younger generation and the next generation.
“My poetry will make a difference. If I can touch one heart, the new generation will choose differently. If I can touch two hearts. Then we will start to change even more.” she said. “This will change the world”
Cruz seizes every opportunity he can share his poetry. Recently, she traveled her five hours to an event just to read her two-minute lake poem. “I couldn’t give up. I knew I needed to come. It was important to me to get there to save the lake and save this planet.”
“I want you to know that I never give up. I have strong legs. I have the perseverance to never give up.”
Cruz believes poetry is a spark for change.
“As long as we have that fire in our hearts, we will continue to have passion and zest for life.
Elisabeth Cruz is part of Escritores de Utah. She writes for a variety of reasons and shares her poetry in multiple countries. Her poem “Salvemos el lago salado” Great Salt Lake AnthologyCreated by Great Salt Lake Collaborative and the Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center.