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ABC for You and Me


A is for Air. It is everywhere, You don’t see it? It’s there!

B is for Breathe. Breathe in the Air and be thankful it’s here.

C is for Care. Take Care of the Air. We must Breathe it whenever we go anywhere.

D is for Dream. If you Care for your Dream and you Breathe in the Air, then one day you’ll get there!

E is for Earth. Each of us now lives here. We must Care for the Earth so your kids can live here.

F is for Food. We each need our fair share. Earth provides what we need if we Care and we share.

G is for Good. We should all worship Good. We should Care for each other, Eat Good Food, Breathe Good Air.

H is for Health. Good Health is the key. Breathe Good Air, Eat Good Food, take Good Care and you’ll see.

I is for good Ideas in your head. Take Good Care and your Dream will come true… it is said.

J is for all of the Joy we all need. When your Good Dream comes true, spread your Joy like a seed.

K is for Kindness. It’s kind of like Good. This too, you can spread. It brings Joy… as it should.

L is for Life. We each have our own Life. You have one. I have one. Isn’t that Nice?

M is for Make. Make the most of your Life! Use Ideas to Make Good and bring Joy to your Life.

N is for Nature, why and how we are here. Care for it we must! Or we’ll all be… Oh, Dear!

O is for Oceans. A whole world lies down there. Care for them. It’s clear, they are key like Good Air.

P is for People. There’s lots of us here. If we Care, we can all Dream one Dream we all share.

Q is for Quality which shows when you Care. It’s important, and hopefully less and less rare.

R is for Rain. It’s refreshing and clear falling down from the Air for all Life forms down here.

S is for Sun. Heat on Earth comes from there. Light comes from there too… but please, PLEASE do not stare!

T is for Trees. They help clean out Earth’s Air. It is Good they are here. Plant a Tree if you Care.

U is for Useful… Full of use, Good, …like Air. Go forth and be Useful. Spread Good everywhere.

V is for Value. Value what is here. Sun, Earth, Oceans, Trees, Nature, People and Air.

W is for Water. Water, it is clear. It’s important as Air. So, each day, drink your share.

X is for? …I don’t know what it’s for. If it were up to me, there’d be no X any more.

Y is for You. All these things are for You, her, him, it, them, me too. Don’t forget their Value.

Z is for Zen. Now and then we need Zen. Breathe the Air, Take Good Care, Dream your way here to there… And then, when you’re there, You can do it again.

Copyright 2013 Weylan Tiankong

Down to Earth (to be continued)

Title.Down to Earth.smashwordsI had just come from space to this wonderful place
to see all the things here to see.
Your oceans so deep and mountains so steep
left quite an impression on me.
Your great forests of green and blue lakes so serene,
Flowers of auburn, pink, crimson, cerulean…
All your creatures so small and others real tall.
And the largest ones live in the ocean.

Your world has abundance (you have what you need).
As my planet and I once did too.
With your pyramids strong and a wall oh so long,
I had high hopes I’d learn much from you.
You see… where I’m from, we’re sad recalling what we had
And the missteps we took till we lost it.
We believed we were best and cared less for the rest,
Thought Nature should fend for itself then.

We pursued our own greed with increasing speed,
Although warnings came time and again.
Focused short-term, not long; just to keep profits strong.
Discouraged facts we feared might have persuaded.
Burning rivers and droughts did not cause enough doubts;
Melting Ice caps and Floods weren’t convincing.
Desert growth, Acid Rain didn’t cause enough pain,
Nor Mass Die-Offs, Wildfires or Erosion.

Hurricanes and grey smog… sadly, the list? It goes on…
None tumultuous or frequent enough.
To wrest more folks from slumber, diminish the number
Of those whose sole goal in life was more stuff.
All along there were some who just knew it.
We failed to listen… Fair to say we just blew it.
Those voices too small, sadly could not forestall
Devastation brought to us by our greed.

Rather than harness our increasing knowledge,
Innovation and technologies…
We were conceited, we competed and depleted our planet
and destroyed all our land, air, and seas.
I came to your place from far out in space
Where we struggle each day for survival
Seeking refuge? Ideas? a fresh start (second chance);
In short what I sought was revival.

While it may have been wishful to think it…
I’d been convinced that your kind would be different.
But, observing awhile, sensed a similar style.
Your behavior? Like ours: Unrepentant.
Having come all this way you’d imagine me down
To conclude that you don’t have a clue.
But the truth is my friend, there’s no “Elsewhere” around.
That’s why I’m determined to help you.

You look at me strange as you gather your thoughts
Then you ask me “Well… why should I care?”
“Well, because…” reply I, “we’ve a large task ahead…
…which requires that we each do our share.”
You just stand there and stare. You don’t blink, you’re transfixed.
Then you demand “Well then… why should I trust you?”
“You don’t have to.” I offer… “I’m just trying to help…”
“to bring change which is… well… Overdue…”

Copyright 2013 Weylan Tiankong

This Was Not Here

In a parallel place, I found teachers were tops.
Here, we worship our athletes and film stars.
Entertainment is great.
When education’s first rate…
…then, we all can sit down to enjoy some.

In that place that I went,
politicians were sent
to the Capital to represent folks.
Here, I’m sorry to say,
only money holds sway…
so our companies seek to control ‘em.

While I was there,
I saw companies care
for the great world that is (still) around them.
They’d realized long ago,
that Eco (not Ego)
would help them grow into the future.

Many folks there believe in a god.
Others have different opinions.
Doing GOOD every day,
helping out on the way,
are among many things they all agree on.

That place, like ours, is complex:
Different peoples, vast spaces and change…
They embrace the diversity of living things,
use their numbers for strength,
work together at length,
to solve issues which often confront them.

In a parallel place I saw progress,
based on empathy, respect and kindness.
I saw people investing in children
and nurturing the world they would give them.
No one went hungry or lived on the street.
Air was clean, as was soil and water.
Their elders were cherished.
Life, itself, was held dear;
Not material things, money or power.

The place that I found was not perfect.
They’ll always have things to work through.
But, their honest, hard-working, inclusive approach
will help show them the right things to do.
Perhaps it’s because of their women
Or because they all take the long view.
Whatever the reason…
‘twas refreshing and pleasing
Why can’t we do more things like they do?

In a parallel place I found teachers were tops.
because – of course – they can impact our kids so.
Rather than invest in the ones who guide children each day,
hawkers here’d sell ’em guns to… HELLO?!

Copyright 2013 Weylan Tiankong