by Brandon R. Hays, USA
My clever child, Oh how you’ve grown, But always I’ll be near. How wide you’ve cast Your cities vast, Your mother Earth is here. In years of yore, In harmony, You lived with all the rest: Midst ease and strife And death and life, What’s stable is what’s best. But as you’ve grown, Has come to pass What was my greatest fear: You raise a knife Against all life, You kill, to me, what’s dear. And now what’s left Ground under heel, Just to hear the sound: The stomping tread Of progress dread, The noise of death resounds. Now things begin to change again, but always I’ll be near. Though storm winds blow and waters flow, your mother Earth is here. The heat does rise And ice, it melts, But always I’ll be near. Time to adapt, The poles uncapped, Your mother Earth is here. In years to come you’ll grow yet more, With challenges to face. The bombs you’ve built, The blood you’ve spilt, These things may you erase. You’ve grown so great, Now dangerous, Your numbers they aggrieve. I fear that you Yourself undo, But this you won’t believe. Yet still there’s time To change once more, Stable you can be. Renewal’s nigh If you but try To live in harmony. I hope for you new peace to find, but always I’ll be near. For all of you, My children true, Your mother Earth is here.