THE PARADIGM OF TRASH
God made Earth for us to use,
To share, to keep, but not abuse.
There's part of him in every piece.
We have no deed. It's just a lease.
Earth Awareness is the trick
For every Tommy, Jane and Dick.
Look before you through the trash
To find a source for ready cash.
Reduce the use. We must take heed
To keep the resource all will need.
Planting trees is not enough
If all keep using too much stuff.
Recycle things that we can use
To help us save instead of lose.
Insist your city sorts the trash
By aluminum, paper, plastic, glass.
We can't see it, but air is there
Protected by the ozone layer.
Factories need to act, not talk.
We can ride a bike or take a walk.
We've got to be gnats swarming the face
Of every part of the human race
Seeking a change in our paradigm
That resources last 'til the end of time.
©Lynnette Schuepbach, September 17, 1992