A BEAR'S TALE
The eldest Bear set out one day.
I think it was the first of May.
He knew how long and hard the walk,
but he could stop along and talk.
From the mountains he called his home
to the ocean blue, white with foam.
He ventured forward without fail,
and when asked, he told this tale.
“I came before and had such fears.
What I beheld brought only tears.
Darkness, destruction and death loomed.
It was so clear world was doomed.”
“I heard no birds sing overhead,
For the silent trees were all dead.
You could not breathe the air so thick.
The wildlife all lay weak and sick.”
“No fish swam in the murky stream.
Oh how I wished it was a dream!
I prayed and prayed to God above
that he would save us with his love.”
“So many years have come and gone
and I’m still here, but not alone.
The air is pure, the water clean.
The trees grow tall with leaves of green.”
“The birds sing loud, the sun is bright,
Shining stars twinkle in the night.
The raccoons, rabbits, bears and deer
Live, run and play without the fear.”
“You ask me how this came about?
Once you hear you’ll have no doubt.
You will know if you stop and think,
The humans all became extinct.”
ABOUT DIANE BRENNER