A Lesson In The Ashes

     I know that I have probably published this one before, but it is, I believe,  just as timely now, as then. I do hope you will read it and congratulate yourselves for   recognizing the need to replace that which we take from the earth, whenever and wherever we can.




 Ashes in the fireplace lay,

remnants of another day,

gone forever, gone away,

and only now, in memory stay.


 The ashes now, once wood, you see,

provided by the mighty tree,

cut and split, and dried, to be,

a season’s warmth, for you and me.


 Yes, we’ve cut, but we have learned,

to replace that, which will be burned,

and reckless, wasteful ways, have spurned,

but, many more corners need be turned.


 Oh yes, our water and our air,

need be treated with more care,

so generations all, will share,

we have not drop, or breath to spare.


 And species other than our own,

have the right, this world to roam,

we cannot, must not, go alone,

into the future, save our home.


 Fauna and flora can survive,

without mankind and stay alive,

because, they have no controlling drive,

and from the earth, their life derive.


 When we as humans, learn from them,

we will assure, the continuum,

on this planet, of women and men,

and along with nature, all be friends.


 Jack Downing

                                                                           Apr. 2010

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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