The God Was sat shaking its head,

distressed by hearing what was said

by humans who lied and distorted facts

and unconscionably committed barbaric acts.

Compassion and ethics! Where now were they?

Why were they so lacking in life today?

It seemed that for humans a major new creed

now embraced selfishness, cruelty and greed

and the worship of humans who weren’t very smart,

who’d destroy the world or at least play a part.

God Was looked down at some rivers below,

so filled with trash they could just barely flow.

God Was saw countries with too much to eat

but feeding the starving was too hard a feat.

Good brains humans had originally had.

Were they now stupid or had they gone mad?

God Was was saddened and let out a sigh,

its breath rushed down to the earth from the sky.

Then a sound reached God Was that made the god smile.

It was the voices of children, who, innocently, while

many things in the world were undoubtedly wrong,

were loudly and happily singing a song:

“Earth Day! Earth Day! Happy, happy Earth Day!

We’ll pick up papers and bottles, too,

recycle cans just as you can do.

We’ll not pollute our rivers and streams.

We’ll save our earth working as a team.

We’ll save our earth for its future years,

Making each day an Earth Day from now on!”

God Was’ mood was greatly heightened

To see that children were enlightened.

This also meant that there were others –

teachers, environmentalists, fathers and mothers,

Who cared enough about the earth

To fill these children with such mirth

About the need to work each day

To keep the destruction of earth at bay.

The God Was repeated the children’s song,

Echoing their hope that earth care would last long.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...