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Get ready to hear from northern Illinois’ “prose pros." Poetically Yours airs Fridays during Here and Now at 12:31 and All Things Considered at 6:18 p.m. Hosted by WNIJ Arts Reporter Yvonne Boose, you will hear voices from northern Illinois poets as they share their words about the world around them. This weekly segment will give you a moment of pause and reflection as your wind down the week. If you would like to submit a poem for consideration, please send submissions to yboose@niu.edu

Poetically Yours Ep. 38 - In Honor Of Earth Day

Susan Schubert

Welcome to Poetically Yours. This segment showcases poems by northern Illinois poets. This week's poem is written by Susan Schubert. 

Schubert is a member of A-Town Poetics in Aurora. She is a published author with two memoirs available on Amazon. They are “The Way I Remember It: A Memoir of a Trip to Europe 1971” and “My Place of Dreams: A Love Story.”

Schubert has won accolades for her short stories and photographs.

Some of her poems are published in the Kane County Chronicle newspaper and anthologies by Fox Valley Writers. Her poem “Aurora” is on a mural in downtown Aurora.


In her earlier days, Schubert sang and played percussion in a rock and roll band. She lives in St. Charles with her dog Moe. She summarized her observation of Earth Day in her poem "Balance."



They say that the earth 

Takes care of itself 

Survival of the fittest 

Comes to mind. 

We live, we die 

Everything has a time limit. 

Flora, fauna, humans 

Stars even die sooner or later. 

It's all in the balancing act 

Keeping things even. 

Forest fires to clear, 

So, animals and birds can live, 

Thrive, like viruses that weed out 

Making room for others. 

A shell game in a way 

Who will be next? 

Earth, water, bees, flowers, 

Birds, every creature vying 

To eat or be eaten. 

It's the circle of life, after all. 

In many ways seems cruel 

But in many ways, it's not. 

  • Yvonne Boose is a current corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. It's a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms like WNIJ. You can learn more about Report for America at wnij.org.