This was written for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads’ Friday Picture Prompt (see below) http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2011/10/friday-picture-prompt-autumn-in-october.html.

by Mike Patrick

The Earth was here for eons
before plants seized some ground.
Plants held sway for eons more—
then man came into play.

Man moved the random green
and formed the land.
With buildings and transplanted crops,
he matched his grandiose scheme.

With structures large and small
he assembled his domain;
then with strips of wire
he fenced out the world.

Time collapsed his structures,
and nature reclaimed his fields.
Time won’t slow and trees must grow.
In the end the Earth still owns it all.

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  1. vivinfrance says:

    In the end the Earth still owns it all.

    Oh how true: how puny is man and his works in the global scale of things. I like this very much.

  2. Yes, and a hearty amen to this! Oh, I know we are to tame the land so we can use it, but God never gave us license to alter and kill it. The death of the family farm is one that we all should mourn. We’ve lost a great deal. A well-written poem — very timely. If you have the time, go to my photos on Flickr and find my set “Abandoned Farmhouses.” You can get to the pictures from a button link on my blog (the little old-fashioned camera thingy), or you can just type http:www/flickr.com/photos/maryannp in your browser.

  3. Thankfully, this is true! I love “Time wont slow and trees must grow.” Good one.

  4. gerimomg says:

    wonderful poem, wonderful message. In the end, nature belongs to nature….

  5. Kay Davies says:

    Fabulous. We are not caretakers, we are conquerors.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  6. Grace says:

    Very meaningful post.. I like that nature reclaims the field and everything goes back to mother earth ~

  7. Nice work…I like the last stanza…such truth in it

  8. I think your last stanza nailed it!

  9. Ella says:

    I enjoyed it; I loved your last stanza, too~
    Clever idea for the prompt 😀

  10. shanyns says:

    “Time won’t slow and trees must grow” YES! YES! Great poem.

  11. Renee Espriu says:

    It is still amazing to me to go on a day trip taveling to places I’ve not been and see an old abandoned house or barn or some other structure that is now reclaimed by the land. I wonder about who might have once lived there or worked the fields and for it now to have become the decaying structure that it is. Well done!

  12. Ruth says:

    Love the final stanza, Mike – my feeling exactly… but sometimes the waiting is hard, for this to sink into thick brains.

    In the end the Earth still owns it all. Yes.

  13. zongrik says:

    yes, man sure has altered the face of this earth

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