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May We Keep Our Green and Pleasant Land, Please?

Updated on January 24, 2013

Till We Have Built Jerusalem

In Englands´Green and Pleasant Land.

Words by William Blake

A green and pleasant land, this country once was called,

Green it is, mountains, valleys, and ancient castle walls,

Yet pleasant land is failing us,

The human element forges in,

To this green and pleasant land.

Though woods and forests hold no terror

of grisly bears or tigers,

The terror comes from man himself

In this green and pleasant land

The landfills full of rubbish, are quickly filling up.

The Oceans being poisoned , When will man give up?

Give in and realise,........

Unless we love this land and show it some respect,

and work as one, hand in hand,

there´ll be no more,

A green and pleasant land.

A wasteland fit for no life...is what we´ll end up with.

It´s overtime, way past the time,

that we all should give,

As much as we can manage.

We can only do our best, But our BEST we have to do,

before we take a rest.

And look again at what we have,

in this green and pleasant land.

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    goego 5 years ago from Loserland

    Pleased to meet you too, the buttercup fairy sent me :)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Oh , How lovely.! Thank you SilverGenes.

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    SilverGenes 5 years ago

    The green and pleasant land is what holds our hearts, nourishes our bodies, and inspires us to dream. Your poem has done that for me. Beautiful, Dim!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you for your very apt comment.

    Pleased to meet you on hubpages.

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    goego 5 years ago from Loserland

    Moment of truth...

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Great to see you, runabsract. Thank you for your time and lovely comment.

    Take care.

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    RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

    If more peple had hearts like yours, we would all be able to have a more beautiful planet!

    Thank you so much for this meaningful poem!

    Voted up and more!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    What a wonderful response to my hub.! Thank you so much , Teylina.

    I remember I copied and pasted to WORD one of my poems, then printed it out.

    Don´t know if that will help you. , But it´s a great compliment that you ´d like to download. I´ll be sure to pass this on to my friend who took the pictures.

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    Teylina 5 years ago

    Oh, Dim, how much I enjoy this. I feel like downloading and framing. I don't even know if I can do that, but it brings tears to my eyes, as I know so many thousands who just won't believe they can do anything. And thanks to your photographer for such imagery!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    mckbrdbks. I am grateful you take the time to read and comment.

    Thank you so much. I must give credit to my friend who took the photographs.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi there, Imkarm, Thank you for the comment. My frind is the photographer. She´ll be very pleased you liked them.

    We´re fortunate enough to live in thse surroundings, but some parts of the planet are being so , so ruined ....

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Molymeadows. Thank you for reading and commenting. I did really mean the whole earth, I just like the expression from the song ´´Jerusalem´´ where it mentions Englands green and pleasant land.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Sharon christy,. Thank you so much.

    I cannot take credit for the pictures , but I will pass on your comment to my friend who took them.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Jaye Wisdom,

    I appreciate you taking the time to comment and must agree with all you say.

    I´m, so happy that so many people have reacted as you have.

    We only have one earth.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you Vincent. I loved your comment.

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    mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    I can't add anything more to what Vincent Moore has expressed. Your photographs are beautiful. All thinking people agree with you.

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    Karen Silverman 5 years ago

    Excellent message, lovely poem - STUNNING photos! Wow!

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    Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

    Yes, please preserve your green and pleasant land...I'd like to see it someday! Gorgeous!

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    Sharon Christy 5 years ago from India

    Beautiful! Pictures are amazing!

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    Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Beautiful verses and, oh, so true. Humans must first, care about our planet, then do everything each as an individual can do toward preserving our "green and pleasant land" no matter where it is on the sphere. It's difficult for individuals to fight back against corporations (which are responsible for much of the toxic waste), but we must make every effort (both as individuals and in groups with clout) if our land is to survive.

    Thanks for a lovely poem and fitting tribute to the upcoming Earth Day.

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    Vincent Moore 5 years ago

    Yes indeed you've nailed the problem so keenly. It's man's battles and greed that is defrauding us all of the green. Our cities are populating with political woe from all types of immigrants and foreigners who are exploding in droves.

    Man is tossing it's garbage from sea to sea and along with it comes war, terror, crime and bloodshed in our streets. Mother Nature is reclaiming her rightful place on her dying planet and causing man to fall to his knees.

    Time will tell, but certainty is at our doorsteps. Man will pay for taking away the beauty of the color green and turning it grey and black where only Hell resides. Let's turn our damage around and reap the benefits and rewards or else be scattered and destroyed by our maker and creator of this place we call home.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Good for you. We need people like you investigating.

    Thank you very much for stopping by my page and leaving a comment.

    All the best for your endevours.

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    daisyflowrs 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

    This is a great hub! I am currently researching chemical trails and their effects on land and water.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi moonlake, What a lovely name.!

    It´s sad that people drop trash anywhere and everywhere.

    At least you are doing what you can, as I try to.

    Take care.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Sunnie Day. Always wonderful to see your smile on my page.

    Thank you so much for the comment.

    Take care

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hello 2patricias

    Thank you so much for the comment. As a child in the 1950s I would never have been allowed to throw even a tiny sweet wrapper out of a car window. Mum always had a bag for all the rubbish as we went on our way anywhere.

    Great to meet you on hubpages. Take care.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi JKenny,

    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot (The big yellow taxi by Joni Mitchell) Before your time, that song, I imagine, but she sure had the right idea of what was about to happen.

    Loved your comment. Thank you very much

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    Beautiful pictures. I was thinking of taking pictures of the trash along the highway. They are slow to cleaning everything up around here this year. We pick up the few things we can but we can't get it all. Great Hub voted up.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    WOW!!!! Leni sands, That´s quite a bagfull of compliments. Thank you for all the sharing .

    Take care.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you m,ovie master. Cherish is such a beautiful word ísn´t it?

    Take care

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    Sunnie Day 5 years ago

    Beautiful Pictures Dim that evoke much thought to preserving the wonders of this earth, one of my own hearts desires. It is so sad... it is a very serious issue and you have brought it to the front of the line..Thank you dear friend.

    Sunnie

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    2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    I do so agree with the sentiments expressed in your poem. I have the privilege of living in a beautiful place - but so many people seem blind to their surroundings. Some people take no care - throwing rubbish from cars, etc. It will soon spoil things for us all.

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    James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

    Great hub, its always nice to meet a like-minded person here on Hubpages. I despair for our so called green and pleasant land, I'm noticing more and more housing developments everywhere I go. How long will it be before the whole country is paved over. Thank you very much for sharing. Voted up and shared.

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    Leni Sands 5 years ago from UK

    Fabulous, voted up, shared with followers and on facebook, and stumbled-upon, reddit - love it! Useful, awesome and interesting.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Excellent work, we live in a beautiful world and this is a reminder we should cherish and preserve it.

    Voted up and shared

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi billybuc. Thanks for the positive feedback.

    Take care.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Earth Day is approaching; this is a wonderful reminder of our responsibilities as stewards of this Earth. Great job my friend!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks anndavis.

    Good to see you here , I always appreciate your comments.

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    anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

    Thank God for people who have the same sentiments as you. Preserving the beauty of our inviornment is a great and worty cause.

    Lovely photos...so green and peaceful. AD

    Up and across