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Guardian Of The Environment - Indigenous Peoples

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Guardian Of The Environment - Indigenous Peoples

For several thousands of years
you upheld the sacredness of Nature
avoiding wanton destruction 
of plant and animal life
taking only what you needed
since their sacredness was 
just as important to you
as the sacredness of humanity

When harvesting wild rice for food
you let some fall into the water
to produce crops for the future
Surrounding a pack of wild sheep
while hunting in the mountains
you let a male and female escape
so by their reproductive process
they would ensure the
continuation of their species

You saw yourself as part of Nature
living in harmony with it
and not plundering it with greed
Your religion was to respect Nature
viewing all plants and animals
as parts of its magnificent fabric
Abuse of a part of it was
an abuse of the whole

Your way of life 
provides valuable lessons
that can teach mankind how 
to deal with today's ecological crisis
that threatens the survival 
of all life on the planet
You were the genuine
Guardian of the Environment



I have always admired the way of life of the Native American Indians living in harmony with Nature before the advent of the Europeans. By extension, this applies to all indigenous peoples including the Amerindians and Polynesians. This piece is dedicated to them. 

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  1. Date: 11/29/2013 3:38:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Way to go!!!Sara

    beharry Avatar john beharry
    Date: 12/3/2013 3:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Sara, for your compliment. Have a lovely day!
  1. Date: 11/26/2013 4:17:00 PM
    This is a winning poem , you need to know I was tossing and turning , where can I put this amazing piece ? the simple fact is I love it , you should be very proud . It's a winner and a Favorite , thank-you for entering my contest .Shanity Rain.

    beharry Avatar john beharry
    Date: 12/3/2013 3:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Shanity. for your compliment and for sponsoring this contest. My footnote expresses my feelings on the topic. Have a wonderful day!
  1. Date: 11/25/2013 9:56:00 PM
    A wonderful winning poem... John..have a nice day...Linda

    beharry Avatar john beharry
    Date: 12/3/2013 3:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Linda, for your comment. Have a superb day!