Takers of the Land

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Linking with Imaginary Gardens for "Wordy Thursday" with Wild Woman ~ The Tree Sisters
Imagined by Sherry


The groves were God’s first temples. ~William Cullen Bryant, “A Forest Hymn” 






We are takers
takers of the land
using what builds our mansions
using what we can
inflating egos like balloons
then building high rises and their parking lots
cement stretched out for miles
we document our accomplishments
 diploma's displayed on walls
we are takers 
takers of the land
using what will build our cities
using what we can
S T O P
maybe it is time we started giving back!

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson




Comments

  1. I love this poem and the Henderson quote. Yes, it is time to give back. Thanks for adding your voice to the conversation, Carrie.

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  2. Wonderful, Carrie. It reminded me of Israel, in the Jerusalem, back in the Bible days. They had plenty of trees at one time but by then the trees were all used up. There still aren't a bunch of trees in parts of the country.
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  3. A wonderful exploration of the theme - if only we could stop

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  4. Absolutely true! Time to give back.

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  5. We need to give back as much as we can... plant a tree instead of parking lots.

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  6. I can only echo what the others before me said - an amazing take on the prompt. And I love the intensity of the lines, left me breathless.

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  7. Powerful, truthful take on this prompt. I love the quotes you used as well.

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  8. I agree-so, much has been reaped from what was once sowed. It is sad and time to do things differently~ I love your poem and this quote.

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  9. Wonderful quote and giving back as we take should have always been the status quo...

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