Caretaker of the Earth


Caretaker of the Earth

I am a caretaker of the earth,

For I have no peace unless I

Feel the soil under my fingernails,

Johnny Appleseed was a step ahead,

Or he was me, for in my dreams,

I walked new lands,

Bending, stooping, planting,

Planting orchards in my wake,

Birds sang my song,

And bees hummed as I went along,

Wild animals treated me as an old friend,

I am a caretaker of the earth,

I cannot ignore the cries of the land,

In my dreams there is more than planting seeds,

I hold myself responsible for violent deeds,

Things I’ve left undone, or not done to my best,

Haunt my dreams and put me to the test

So come along, my friend,

Perhaps to my defense you can attest.

 (But Lord, You Can’t Blame Me!)

I think the Lord doesn’t understand.   I found that out today,

“What have you done to my garden?” I heard the Lord say,

“Lord, I was asleep.  It just wasn’t my fault,

I didn’t see anyone cover it with asphalt,”

“Where are my fishes? I’ve searched down and even deeper,”

“Wait a minute, Lord. Am I the fishes’ keeper?”

“Where are my animals? He whispered with dread,

“They got in the way, Lord.  They’re dead, all dead.”

“Is that a mushroom cloud hanging over mankind?”

“But, Lord, that’s the only way of peace we could find.”

“You must try harder. Give up your wasteful way.”

“But, Lord, I only take what I want.  Even then I pray.”

“I’m one of the good guys. Why should I repent?

I salute the flag.  I give ten percent.”

I saw the skies grow dark and the wind began to howl,

“You’ve disappointed me,” I could see his angry scowl,

“But, Lord,” I muttered, “you can’t blame me.

I’ve done all I could.  Don’t you agree?”

The dream was awful, for it made me feel,

That what I was dreaming was in some ways real,

As a caretaker I cannot let others pillage and rape,

And watch the earth destroyed as I stand and gape.

4 thoughts on “Caretaker of the Earth

  1. Oh…that’s that one cuts right to the heart of the matter doesn’t it Dan. All of the double standards and ways of wastefulness will catch up with us won’t they? Excellent job!
    Have a happy Thanks giving Dan
    I am Thankful for you and your words today…Take care.

    1. In my dream I tried to make excuses but no, I was held responsible. Forget the double standards, I think each of us has to keep things right. Thank you for checking out the post and making a comment.

    2. Thank you for your comments. They encourage me to keep writing. I hope this message is taken seriously. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving for you and your loved ones.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  2. There are no excuses–for any of us. So many are dropping the ball–it’s not going to be pretty when we have to reap what we have sown…

    This message was beautifully portrayed by you, Dan. You have a caring heart.

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