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” must be practiced every 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.
(“Earth Day is an annual April event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.” (Wikipedia). Greatly appreciated is “Greta Thunberg, a sixteen-year- old Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition” and points out the need for daily awareness of and actions against climate change .
This essay is slightly modified from when it first appeared in the RoundTable, April1, 2008.