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To A Better Day
by J.A. Aarntzen
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A simple poem expressing environmental concerns facing the human race.

To A Better Day

To improve
They say
Is the route
To a better day
To do one’s best
Reaching farther
Pushing the envelope
Doing better than father
This has been
Always our goal
From time immemorial
To sit higher upon the pole
It is about growth
It is about choices
It is engrained in us
To use up resources
We haven’t seen
The futility
In making everything
To our utility
We still find excuses
To continue on old roads
That have become so worn
There’s nothing more to erode
We need a paradigm shift
We need a new way
To measure ourselves
In our future days
Rather than sticking
With what was done before
We must explore new vistas
To see what’s beyond the door
A new frame of mind
In each and every one of us
A tall task to be sure
But one that is a must
The vehicle of consciousness
Is difficult to steer
There is no true path
There to adhere
It is easy just to give up
And stay the faulty course
And keep our fingers crossed
For intervention from a divine force
This source does promise
To help those that help themselves
Doing nothing except praying
Will not put it on the completed shelf
One has to take an honest look
And see what is really there
One has to understand the universe
If one truly wants to care
But what does the Universe gain
When someone achieves enlightenment
Is there any difference being made
Is anybody getting entitlement
The answer is yes
It changes the world
The river starts with a drop
That grows with its swirl
It does all start with the one
The one that changes his or her view
And rethinks his or her life
This one could and should be you
Storyteller on the Lake

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Reviewed by Michelle Mead 1/18/2011
Yes, be the change you wish to see in the world, as Ghandi said.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/13/2011
Time for prayer yes, but also time to roll up the shirt sleeves, very inspiring piece...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by The Poetess 1/13/2011
Very nice difference you are making with this poem.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/13/2011
Well put!
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 1/13/2011
Reviewed by Regis Schilken 1/13/2011
How true are your words. If the world is to be saved, each and every one of us must do something to save it!

Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 1/13/2011

Beautifully written quite thought provoking. It reminds me of people who say, 'But that's the way we've always done it' That really gets on my nerves. Take care.

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