Nature can teach us so much about our world, about its glory and its anguish. In nature we find so many lessons about hardiness, resilience, triumph and, yes, destruction and death. The British poet William Wordsworth captured this sentiment in one line of his profound 18th-century poem entitled The Tables Turned: “Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.” And that’s what we hear from Meghan Elizabeth Kallman.
Meghan Elizabeth Kallman is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Brown University. She is a musician, a climate activist, co-founder of the Prison Op/Ed Project, and teaches at the Rhode Island state prison.