Although we have poisoned our skies
and tainted our soils,
cut down all our timbers
and reaped (from war) it's spoils
a vision still captivates my mind
of a future to behold
filled with the spirits
not bending under the weight
of such a heavy load.

We will know no hate!
We will reflex with a gentle hand!
We will shine with the peace
that has finally swept over all lands!

Of course, there are the rising tides
that will spread disease near and far,
but with a blink of history
this suffering will pass
leaving only a subtle scar.

We will adapt and evolve as we always have
and (this time) we will learn from our mistakes...
but first, we must survive this freefall
having been tossed from our car
'cuz we were too afraid to use the brakes!

Jim Kogelheide
March, 2003

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