Holy Ground

by Carolyn Donnell,
copyright 2009

This is Holy Ground,
You have desecrated
our Holy shrines.
Words said throughout the ages
to excuse Mankind’s warring
and destructive ways.
But what is Holy Ground?
Where battles were fought,
or won or lost?
What is a holy shrine?
Where a person was born,
or lived, or died?
Is Holy Ground a man made thing?
Or is it forests, mountains
and teeming seas?
Look at the universe far and wide.
Where else can mankind live?
Nowhere we have found.
Our precious blue planet,
humanity’s only Holy Ground,
is all we have.
How much more death, war,
and destruction has to come
before we learn?
Will we reach out to one another,
to rescue, to preserve this,
our solitary refuge?
Or will we persist in slaughtering
people, animals, plants,
and lose the true Holy Ground?
We can preserve this rare and shining orb.
Or piece by piece destroy,
our blue and living Earth.
Time grows shorter every hour.
Leaving us with less and less.
What will you do?

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