Mother Earth and Man

Mother Earth and Man
By Apolinario Villalobos

Looking back when time began
God said the words
Giving life to all
That He desired,
The endless expanse of the void
Was filled with motley specks
That moved with harmony –
A prodigious task
Of the Almighty.

A tiny dot in the universe
Mother Earth throbbed with life
As God made her a living sphere
Covered with green and blue
All part of God’s grandiose plan
Done in a few days of divine toil,
Though, He rested finally
Being at last satisfied –
On the seventh day.

Out of a handful dust from her womb
God made Adam, by such name he was called
And with God’s breathe of life
What was once a lump with limbs
Has become like Him in image
And let to roam the Garden of Eden
But then, loneliness soon had its toll
Which when God has perceived –
From Adam’s rib, He made Eve.

Mother Earth now nurtures
Not only lesser creatures
But the pair that God made
In some aspects, in His own image.
A paradise, Eden was supposed to be
But to it, a serpent found its way
Tempting Eve to have a taste of ecstasy
And, no sooner than she did have a bite
She made Adam commit the same depravity!

The blunder made by Adam and Eve
Instigated the misery of Mother Earth
As they opened the floodgate of afflictions
That soon blemished her once pristine face;
Greed and selfishness, for long, led lives –
Cain putting to death his own brother Abel,
And many other stories that are written
On the sacred pages of the age-old Book-
All it needs is for us to give it a serious look.

Warnings that Mother Earth belched
In her effort to wake man up with a jolt
Did not budge him even a single bit
Instead, pride bloated him to the utmost
That, into the fetid air, made him float
And, as he breathes in more turpitudes-
It would be no wonder, when he bursts!

That will be the day when not even time
Shall move its hands as they should be,
That will be the day when not even rain
Shall fall with life-giving sweet droplets,
That will be the day when not even birds
Shall fill the air with their lilting tweets,
And the cool breeze shall no longer blow-
Leaving Mother Earth cloaked in sorrow!

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