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The Mother

Don’t Turn Your Back.
Some say don’t turn your back.
The earth,
The sea,
The mother of us all.
Our birthplace, our creator.
No, don’t turn your back
on the one that is all.
The father and the mother
the one that we kill—
Destroy in our haste.

We are lost— or mostly so if
time is not ours to have.

Forward must be forward
not to lose any longer.
Do not turn your back.
We can not turn our back.
The beginning was too precious.

© William Bushell


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