Tony Elsby (Poems of life and love)


A Child's Message to the World


One day I sat on Santa's knee,
And he asked me what I'd like
If perhaps I wanted football boots,
Or a brand-new two-wheeled bike,
And I told him he could keep those things,
Cos I had family,
Who'd already seen that Santa's staff,
Would send such things to me.
Instead my wish if Santa Claus,
Could somehow find the time,
Was to send a special message,
As would surely serve mankind,
A message of far-reaching worth,
And alternative ideas to appease,
Those so short-sighted contractors,
Who are felling the rainforest trees.
Which provide unique conditions,
To keep our world just so,
With oxygen to fuel our lungs and medicines of different kinds,
To cure us when we're low,
And shelter for countless ancient tribes,
Who've long called those woodlands home,
Just like the animals, birds and insects,
Who once freely, in there, roamed.
It's not right to pollute our seas and land,
Or to shrug off poverty,
When there's so much we can do,
Instead of just "me, me, me",
So Santa send those heartfelt pleas,
Worldwide on Christmas Day,
To stop man turning our fertile world,
Into dust ….it's not the way.

© Tony Elsby 14-11-2010
(From my recently published book, Footsteps Across A Miracle)

Submitted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Edited: Monday, September 10, 2012

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