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Down to Earth

By Weylan Tiankong

Copyright 2013 Weylan Tiankong

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I 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…”

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