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Terra firma unfurls for every sacred, sovereign, sentient, human birth

Rays of the sun; touch, warm and kiss all, with the star's boundless girth

Free-flowing air despises not; gentle breezes cool the worthy, callous, and dumb

Drops of driving rain, crisp snow and soft dew, not to be outdone, fall, unnumbered

Skies above are home to every common and ornate flying bird, of the universe

Oceans, rivers and lakes, sustain myriad aquatic life; endlessly diverse

Forests, grasslands, mountains, tundra and deserts; terrains of every stripe

Apt habitats, for weird and wonderful animals and plants; of unimaginable types.

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Humans; uniquely, inanely, unable to co-exist, in a world big enough for us all

So peace, justice and equity are forever eschewed, forestalled

A real-life, dangerous, mirthless, zero-sum game of snakes and ladders

Decks are stacked, the weighted dice turns, rolls, spins

Dastardly deceit and greed triumph, the crappy rat-house always wins

Rules are for losers; the wild, joker-trump-card, madly grins and mocks

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Irene,

Absolutely brilliant.

I very much appreciate both the sensuality of your descriptions and the fierce, justice-loving, honest outrage at what is occurring in our amazing world.

What a waste! Will we be able to admit it, take it on, and fix it in time?

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Thanks Blair, I appreciate your affirmation. We are the only species to war/fight, against our own and our habitat. Nobody wins !

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"Infantile humanity", my feelings exactly.

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Robert, it's all so sad and tragic. There is enough to go round for everyone. I am grateful that I am able to express my frustration through poetry. It does make me feel proactive and less helpless.

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Irene,

We truly are a young species ~ 40,000 y.o.

I would guess that this predicament has occurred on many sentient planets, some of which have destroyed themselves.

Some may have outgrown their "infantilism" on their own through the hard lessons of war and habitat destruction. Others may have benefited from the intervention and instruction of more evolved beings at a moment when they were finally open to learning.

The words/actions of Jesus, the Buddha, Neem Karoli, Ramana Maharishi, and some of the ET races have yet to sink in - although the directions that can mature us have been laid out clearly.

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