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."Who Am I" © Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on March 9, 2013
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Morning All

Again I find myself at the keyboard and hopefully you find yourself all settled in and making yourself at home in my little part of what we know as the world.

I think often of the way we as a society have isolated ourselves from each other, well at least out there in the mainstream of the world. Maybe I have it all backwards, who knows maybe we are the new mainstream. It would be so special to just have a bunch of hub type people come together and share life and the experiences we have had. To tell it from the heart and simply be ourselves in the process. Oh my maybe we could have another Woodstock. We would have to change the name though... Lets see I vote for Hubstock.

I honestly think we could learn so much from each other. Words of meaning come from the heart and hopefully these words we put out there are words that touch each other. Will this hub do so, it is hard to tell but I do think I have something this morning to share that touches us all in different ways. Gather around, the Fireside is open. A nice gentle fire is snapping in the background and Quigley is in the upside-down position waiting for company. Welcome and know that you are loved.

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Look at Me

How often have you walked over my lush soft ground. How often have your children attacked me in spiteful ways and you have said nothing. Their marks are all throughout the ground you stand on. They have left their ways on my canvas I have so carefully made especially for you.

You the parents, the generation of those who came before you are so different. Your grandparents and yes even you parents never took me for granted. When ever they helped themselves to the bounty I offered they did so in respect, they were humbled by what I would give. You on the other hand are different. You see you just rape and pillage me because you feel you have the power. I appreciate the fact that you consider me in what you do. Maybe the reason being there are laws put in place by those who simply want to look good in the eyes of the world. What concerns me the most is the way you turn a blind eye and think along the lines, once more will not hurt.

You are wrong, it does hurt, as a matter of fact it is painful. What you do is taking its toll on me. Oh you hear about me and my plight and yet you still continue. Each time you abuse me, you add to the pain I feel and yet you say to yourself. "Well once more will not hurt." You know that day you allowed your child to chop away at one of my trees I cared for and tended to for many years while you slept. Your thoughtless action has left its mark. As deep or as superficial the marks they are still there. It is me that has to deal with them long after you leave. Well that was the start of a healing process that I have starting in my own attempts of healing your indiscretion.

You the parent should know better, you the parents should look at what you are allowing your child to do. That sharp edged axe you allowed to touch me will be a part of me for years to come. You know your own scars, the ones you hide, the ones you been ashamed of for many years. The way you have been looked upon in your eyes. Well let me tell you I have no place to hide mine. They are there for years for many to see and for some to comment on. They will remain until, you decide to cut me down to construct another project to feed your greed for more money.

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No Matter

You can justify all you do through flow charts, expansion, productivity. As a matter of fact each time you add a term all it becomes is a justification for your own greed and you think once more I can take and never put anything back. Look at the chart and tell me where you have contributed back or do you even care.

When you stand in front of the mirror no matter where you are and look back each and everyone of us are the same. "We are users." We just take because we have the right. Take and when the last disappears we just say it is the other guys fault, not mine. Shame on him, shame, shame... and even more shame. He has done it and not me. Look over there and there. The mess and the filth is all his, but certainly not mine.

At the end of the day when our heads hit the pillow I hope we all accept part of the responsibility. Accept the fact we are all users of the resource that has been given. Sorry folks but I need to first point the finger at me and yes then you.

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Remember The Day

Remember when you used to glide over my surface and drink of me freely. Remember when I was so clear that you could see to the bottom. Remember watching all the young fish darting here and there and playing for hours on end. They were the fish of tomorrow. Have you seen on the news lately of all the fish that have washed up on my shores. They play no more you see they are dead because they have been poisoned by the oil that accidentally got away. Shame on you for allowing this to happen. You said what you were doing was so safe. Now look at the damage.

All those ships passing over me they do sink. When their hulls are ruptured they dump all their cargo into me like I am nothing. "Oh just a little will not hurt they say." All those little's have added up over the years.

You send your factory ships with nets that rake my bottom. They drag along and kill what I have grown for years. You just take everything in your path. Big or small it does not matter. You just take and after you are done, you toss all you do not want back. The sad part is most of it is dead. Often only the choice pieces have been taken.

You put massive floating platforms on my surface. You anchor them to my floor and you drill. You make promises that nothing will happen. I have heard it so often and yet things do happen. You dump all your waste into me like I mean nothing and yet you care little. Just a little more, it will not hurt.

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Look Up

All that is sent through me will some time come back to you. All your pollution you so freely give will someday come back and poison those you love. Who will be to blame, most likely that guy over there. Just remember the finger you point has three pointed back at you. Shame on you, shame, shame on you.

Do you even notice anymore when I give you a color unmatched by any of your efforts. Do you take the time to sit and breath in my beauty. No you are to busy running here and there justifying why you need to drive rather than walk. Yes we are all guilty, we have stepped into the fast pace the world has set and thought little of what we are doing. Just a little will not hurt we say.

Have you ever seen people walking around a city wearing masks to stop the pollution or listened to the new term of reality called a smog alert. That is right, you have it all when you say it is the other guy. He is to blame yet deep inside we can all take some of the blame.

You are powerful and you have come along way over the years. I am so very proud of your accomplishments, they are truly amazing. Yet I can help but stand back and smile when you scurry to your hiding places when I get angry and release my power upon you. Yes I know you point your finger and blame me. You size and your finger pointing means nothing to me.

Now I have the chance to point a finger back at you. Lets be honest and look where the real blame lies. Before you run I want you too stop and think, what have I done to contribute. Stand in front of a mirror all alone with no one watching and look at what you see. That's right it is you, it is me, it is them. You see I have been struggling to wash all your filth away, been attempting to purify what you have polluted so I can give you what you and your future children deserve. Who am I, well I am nature the provider of all you need. I beg you take the time today to think of me, it is I who is close and I who will provide if you are careful with my resources.


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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 4 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      "Stand in front of a mirror all alone with no one watching and look at what you see." I think that is one of the hardest things in life to do because it strips you bare of excuses and has the truth blazing before your eyes. Only a person with no conscious could do that. I know I'm not that type of person. I've sat down this morning with a hot cup of coffee to enjoy one of my favourite hubbers and you've truly invoked a life lesson in me. Kindest regards and thank you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      When we strip down to our spirit and soul what do we really see? I can understand the changing generations and the way young people are today. We had appreciation for life and knew if we wanted something we had to work for it. Life has changed and looking in the mirror is a daunting experience. Voted up...

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Rolly,

      Thank you for this amazing write here this morning! You have given us all much to think about here. We have been given such a beautiful gift and then we abuse it so unashamedly!!! I am guilty too.

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart here in this thought-provoking piece.

      I am so blessed to know you and to read you.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Mankind are users, first last and always. But we do not have to be, do we? We could co-exist with one another and Mother Earth if we chose to do so. But it would be a hard choice. We would have to give up some of our conveniences, some of our demands, and perhaps most difficult, some of our people.There are too many living today to exist in harmony with one another. Which direction do we proceed? How do we choose? Most importantly, what will we make of our future? Very intuitive writing here, Rolly. Very well done.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautifully written my friend, and a powerful message that needs to be heeded soon.

      Blessings and love from Olympia

      bill

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Love your powerful words today. They were scary though. I am glad you shared your honesty in such a deep manner. I think of myself differently now.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Rolly,

      really beautiful and interesting hub that you have here

      i really did enjoy reading.

      Voted up

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi klidstone1970 ... could not agree more. I think we have been duped into thinking we can blend in with the masses yet the mirror tells the truth. Thank you for the comment and kind words...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol... hugs to you as always and yes looking in te mirror can change the way we perceive ourselves if we are willing to accept what we see. Like you I come from the old school generation. The Bible is very clear on the subject. "If you do not work you do not eat."

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... we have been given such a resource and yet we fail to take note of it so often... Have no fear you do not stand alone in any guilt you may feel. We all have a hand in it. Without a doubt I was so blessed over the years to be able to spend much time alone in the wilderness. The things I have seen and the places I have gone were an incredible experience of being one with the land and the creatures who roamed with me. It was a humbling experience. All one could do is look to te heavens and say thank you.

      Hugs and much love from Alberta Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mr Archer... thought provoking comment indeed. Really I think if we could eliminate all the strife in the world and understand our calling to love I think there is more than enough room.

      Over the years I have seen that one voice that cries out and begins to take a stand and before long another and another. It is when the rest of society has to live in fear because of ones stupid demands to we get separation and fear enter.

      Love is the key and I stand firm on it.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... thank you as always for the kind comments and willingness to read some of my blathering... I love the direction your life and your writing has taken. Rock solid is what I would have to call it...

      Hugs from Albertaville...

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Miss Audra... thanks for the comment and like always we love having you at the Fireside... I think we all need to rethink some of what we are doing to this great gift we have been given...

      Hugs, Blessings and of course much love

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi torrilynn ... first and foremost welcome to the Fireside and a pleasure to have such an astute student of the trade with us. Glad these simple words touched you... Please come again and say hello... I know you will find some very special people gathered. Make yourself at home...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh Rolly, you have a friend and a fan for life. This was so beautiful and so necessary. I love this Mother Earth and all that she provides and I have watched the suffering on Indian lands as a result of corporate greed for the natural resources. I have watched as the streams and rivers around me lost their sparkle from the chemicals and garbage dumped by the corporate giants in my area and I have cried over the barren earth where nutrients that are necessary to grow food were destroyed. Nearby, I have seen the irridescent pools of water dumped by a nuclear power plant light up in the night's darkness and it scares me. More than that, it makes me sad. We are such fools. We are takers and as you have said, we are users and we give so little back. Thank you Rolly. Thank you for this conversation. And I agree, it would be a wonderful event if Hubstock was organized. I have met the most amazing people here and am proud to call them friends. Keep writing and I will keep coming back for more. You have warmed my heart and touched my soul with this piece.

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      Single Shot 4 years ago

      Hello Rolly, as always great hub.. very interesting group here as well I must admit.. very intriguing to of course..

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Rolly, so true and awesomely put. I am sure we are all to blame, even if as adults, we try to do our best, when we were younger and didn't think, we did our part too. I always yell at the tv when they talk about global warming and then mention the rain forests have been cut down even more. can't they see the connection? this world has speeded up way to fast, and its the earth or gaia as they call it that suffers, wonderful, voted up and shared, nell

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very good way to tell us about responsibilities. I am listed to the "Hubstock".

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Now if we could only take this magnificent hub and spread it everywhere! Mankind is destroying this beautiful planet we've been given and a lot of what's living on it. Simpler ways are not archaic but as we are learning they are the best ways. Revering Mother Earth and all that we've been given...I don't know if I'll see it in my lifetime but I pray it will come. Paying attention to what we are doing and giving back to what we're taking from.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hubstock! Yes, I'd second the motion for that. This is great! You nailed it all for mother nature Rolly and hopefully, the children will obey, take care of what was left and nurture them once again to grow with love and pay special attention. Then, we could all say it again in harmony: "It's indeed, a beautiful world. Hug it with care."

      Very thought provoking hub. Voting up, interesting, beautiful and sharing.

      Love from the sky~

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Rolly, this is a beautiful piece and the video a perfect accompaniment. Hubstock, hmmm... it has a good ring to it!

      Looking in the mirror is always uncomfortable. But I need... but just one... but I can't make a difference. If there are this many of us who truly want to make things better, even if it's a little uncomfortable, then it can be done.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 4 years ago from India

      Very interesting hub. . .It is true we have time for everyone and everything, but we don't have time for ourselves. . .

      Really awesome

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am so glad that i took the time to watch the video, it is magnificent! I wish every person who throws trash in the rivers and oceans would read this. The companies who damage the earth for profit care nothing about the future, if they did they would stop drilling in places that is causing sickness to people by fracking, the same for companies who cut the trees without planting another to take it's place. If you will visit my last hub again you will see that i added your name under the video. Thank you again and thank you for this reminder that we owe our very existence on Mother Nature..

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi lrc7815 glad to see we have the same passion. I was blessed over the years to see some of the most pristine places here in the wilderness of Canada. Being dropped in by helicopter for a few weeks or as long as I wanted. Lakes so clear there was never a doubt of drinking from them. Places such as these I spent countless hours stopping any industry from coming into. Their intension was to only rape and pillage the land for their gain. I won many of the cases on the environmental issues they posed. No assurance they could give would fly with me. All you had to do was dig deep enough into their records and history and it would be case closed. Like your country the North American Natives were run out of their lands with little or no voice.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Single Shot... first I must tell you I like the name... have no fear you will fit right in. Welcome to the Fireside and thank you for the kind words...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Miss Nell... right you are and it can happen so fast if it is a little at a time. Global warming is a fact and it has become so very apparent in the far North where polar ice melt is disappearing at an alarming rate.

      Personally I think we can make a difference one person at a time and continue to wag a finger at big industry.

      Hugs and Blessings my Friend

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lastheart... smiles... I have you signed up for Hubstock... now that would be something. A large open field with several generators and power cords running every which way. Thanks for the vist...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi tillsontitan... thanks for the visit and the comment... well appreciated. Taking all the time leaves us empty. It makes us selfish and robs us of any purpose. Not giving back will rob us all of the many blessings we have close at hand.... Thanks for standing and being counted.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CrisSp... smiles... another signed up for Hubstock... what do you play the guitar or flute... we need to start thinking of entertainment. We need to talk more about this... smiles.

      You are very right it is important to teach the younger generations about what we have and taking care of it... a little at the time my friend.

      Hugs fro Earth as you fly over...

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CrisSp... smiles... another signed up for Hubstock... what do you play the guitar or flute... we need to start thinking of entertainment. We need to talk more about this... smiles.

      You are very right it is important to teach the younger generations about what we have and taking care of it... a little at the time my friend.

      Hugs from Earth as you fly over...

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi SilverGenes... ya! another Hubstocker... I will be needed some help getting this happing... Love is the key to success and openly sharing what is one your mind. Can you make a difference, yes certainly. It happens one small step at a time... keep stepping my friend...

      Hugs from the West

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi anupma ... welcome to the Fireside and may you find something here of interest... We do need to find time for ourselves. Setting boundries on the demands of life are a hard lesson we learn after burnout. It is important to take the time to refresh ourselves.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Our job collectively is to think. Think about what happens when we abuse our Mother. This amazing Earth we call home asks naught except for us to love and protect her. The Secret swept me up and carried me away years ago and I am once again renewed as I saw it here this morning. thank you for CARING....

      Sending you Angels this morning and yes, a Hubstock would be way cool!!

      :) ps voted up++++

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi pstraubie48 ... glad to hear this rambling spoke to you. When you think about, I mean really where would we be if it were not for all she provides. She is sensitive and far too often people fail to think of her in such a way...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... so truly spoken... all we have comes from nature when you think about it. Many years ago I was driving the Alaska highway when a truck and camper passed me. A few miles up the road I saw the back door open and a bag of garbage explode all over the road in some of the most pristine part of the country.

      The look on the faces of the people when I set the garbage in the middle of their picnic table was priceless. All I said. "Remember you are guests in our country, we do have garbage cans and they are not our roads." I was furious to think someone could do that.

      The last I heard was the husband not all that pleased with his dear wife.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Ah the dreaded Mirror...spoken by a Lady who is down with the Flu...That would be me. I read about you on my friend Nell's page and the Golden award she bestowed upon you. Which seems to befit you Rolly. Your Hub is such a rich and Rewarding read...Lots of thinkable moments.

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi b. Malin... thanks for stopping in at the Fireside... we are a fun loving bunch and love is our passion. Hope you find a little as well along the way. I was just over and signed on with you and left a message. It's fine to wear joggers, they have been a part of my attire for close to a month. I slipped into some real pants the other day and the dog barked at me... lol

      Hugs and get better soon...

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      Single Shot 4 years ago

      Very nice hub.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thanks Single Shot... good to see you again... glad you found this interesting...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant read Rolly ;no a true masterpiece and I share around .

      You have that gift of making one feel at home and we could well be sat in front of that fire.

      I vote up,across and share.

      Have a wonderful day .

      Eddy.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eddy... Thank you for the compliment, you always encourage us all. You are a dear and a blessing to us all...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rolly,

      What a wonderfully written piece with strong messages we all could heed. Love your warm and welcoming fireside scene setting. Great job, Voted up ++++, shared.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh.my dear friend...this burns

      The heart..this burns the flesh...opens up sores never to mend

      Our beautiful earth that we have

      Destroyed.

      Many blessings to you for writing this.

      Debbie

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Suzie HQ... sorry I have not answered your post sooner but it has been a crazy few weeks. Glad you enjoyed reading this and yes we all can learn. What I find so interesting about all the hubs here is each one speaks to us if we allow it to speak...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb... thank you for the poem and so well done and speaks volumes of they way we all feel the destruction is realized. Now if only big business could come to terms with the rape and pillaging of the land for profit.

      Hugs from Canada

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