2100 AD

The children turned the page and said

What is this creature?

It is the spirit of the wind

And the heart of fire

And its name was Cheetah I said

And the children turned the page and said

What is this garden green?

It is the creator of beauty

And the seat of life

And its name was Forest I said

And the children turned the page and said

Where is this place?

And I said

It is where freedom flies

It is the link

It is where the soul finds its sanctuary

And the gospel its spirit

And its name was Wilderness.

And the children said

You have stolen from us.

You have taken what is ours.

We do not know Cheetah or Forest or Wilderness

Therefore how can we know Soul or Spirit or Freedom or Fire.

Because you have destroyed the link

We are blind.

And I saw how they grasped desperately for a light

Out of the darkness we had led them to

And I had no answer.

Val Payn