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I asked a scientist to make an olive's leaf,
So green with its juices,
Smelling spring and sweat from gatherers hands.
He answered that he couldn't.
I asked him to make the light of the sun,
Reflecting its warmth in morning's appearance.
To make a sun enslavor of the sea,
Of breathing trees and eyes,
The eyes of those who stare its dream.
He answered that he couldn't.
And when I asked to form the air of dawn,
So heroic, sympathy air on faces of those
Seeking the dew,
On mainsails following the wind,
He answered that he couldn't.
How could ever human hands, so shakily and small
Give birth to miracles, when their lines
Consist of a hidden mystery delved from ages unsure?
Where human says 'I can't',
Nature raises and rules among Glory and Triamph.
If people think that they live with power and safety,
In houses they built with tractors and iron muscles,
How could they live when road will be their only home?
When they will be forced to run to mountains
And lie down on stones and windfalls 
How oh how could they live?
If people think that they eat because they cook
Aseptic food in their high-teck kitchens,
How could they eat when a slice of bread will be
All they have?
If people think that they can adjust their warmth
By pressing a single button,
How could they feel warm and enlighted
If the Sun won't raise, if darkness fills the air?
When people think that there is nothing they can't do,
Replete with egoism, relying on their hands and their brightness,
A huge laugh is coming from the sky.
Because they forget that when all is gone,
Floated down the stream,
Only God can stay still, unbreakable and wise,
Smiling at their ignorance that they own life.
And if they can't be satisfied with theirselves,
How could they embrace others 
When time force them to be united?
Creatures excesses with passions and ambition
They want to change their roles and become
Gods in the place of the One.
Yet, their hands are so weak to carry world's weight
And their minds so human to judge fairly and amiably
The sins of us all.

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  1. Date: 2/28/2011 12:36:00 PM
    Very nicely done. lCopngratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 11:16:00 AM
    Congrats on a well deserved win, Valeria. Nice going. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 10:37:00 AM
    A big congratulations on your win Valeria. I also believe it is one of your best poems. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 9:40:00 AM
    Congrats again on your win with this beautiful poem, Valeria :) Way to go for you for winning two contests with this beauty :)

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 6:42:00 AM
    Congrats Valeria on your awesome win in Joyce's contest with this unique write luv.. enjoy another top ten sweet success and victory .. well earned and deserved my friend..

  1. Date: 2/27/2011 11:32:00 PM
    wow, very profound and what YOU think has made for a superb winning poem! congratulations.

  1. Date: 2/25/2011 11:06:00 AM
    Congratulations Valeria,on your well deserved win in Chris D. Aechtner's contest "For The Sake Of Free Verse". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 8:47:00 AM
    Good to see you in the top 10 Valeria. Congratulations on your inspiring Free verse and it honored eighth place. Agape, Mose

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 6:39:00 PM
    Many congrat's on your BIG WIN, Valeria. Lainie

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 5:18:00 PM
    Congratulations on this win in the contest of Chris, valeria

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 7:03:00 AM
    Congrats Valeria on your wonderful success in the free verse contest with this wonderful entry luv.. enjoy another chart topper ...success...

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 1:45:00 AM
    Just full of great descriptiveness. Congratulations on winning in Chris's contest with this fine entry.

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 10:57:00 PM
    Congrats Valeria with this wonderful piece :)-- you definitely give the reader much to ponder on, I think it's a wonderful reminder to have that faith in God...

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 10:19:00 PM
    Valeria, thank you for supporting my contest with this clever and faith-filled poem!~Chris

  1. Date: 2/17/2011 12:55:00 PM
    Very nice poem...Jimmy