Friday, January 06, 2012

Respect for Mother Earth

I pray.....please don't take my home away.
With nearly every turn of the steering wheel, we see timbers, sloughs, and fence rows being ripped out of the ground.  A savage human mania is making it acceptable to rape Mother Earth.  Small animals and birds watch their homes being toppled down and taken away.  Whatever happened to the human heart in only a couple of generations?

(~ written by Joshua Isham
to call attention to the way we treat
this earth we live on)

This mother Earth,
who gives us life;
This mother Earth,
Heart filled with strife.

We love her not,
Though love we should;
Her death we plot,
For life's 'own good.'

She gave us air, and food, and home,
That's not enough we humans scream;
With greedy lust our mouths do foam,
With evil hopes our eyes do gleam.

Her air we fill,
With smoke and death;
Ourselves we kill,
For lack of breath.

The sea once clean,
Now choked with waste;
To drink we fear,
Will death make haste.

The soil once  pure,
And full of life;
Now barren sand,
The farmer's strife.

No longer she,
Can stand our 'love;'
Now we must flee,
Like scattered dove.

She gave us all,
Unto the end;
Now we appalled,
Our lives defend.

P.S.   "So bleak is the picture...that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the twentieth century."  (Philip Shabecoff, New York Times Magazine, June 4, 1978)