The Rule of Nature – Words To Live By

Someone wise once said to me

What knowledge do you have of trees?

Can you tell me why the grass is green?

How do clouds know where to be?

Or how much sunlight do things need?


I paused and thought quite stoically

Who has answers on things like these?

Can I find them in a breeze?

Will it take a science course?

Or a country ride upon a horse?


Questions, questions, with little hope

Nature’s rules seem beyond my scope

Can’t find answers in my horoscope

No divination or spiritual solution

Perhaps read up on evolution


The wise one watched with staring eyes

Observing me ponder so uncomfortable

My appearance obviously vulnerable

As if answers were beyond my grasp

A vision that I couldn’t clasp


Close your eyes and let your thoughts sync

Rivers flow yet they never drink

Beautiful flowers don’t take time to think

Apple trees don’t eat their fruit

Osha plants can’t see their roots


Think of nature as a wonderful show

Sun above shines light below

Leaves will turn and grasses bow

Nutrients trapped in the water flows

Feeding life to green meadows


Don’t open things with your human key

My smile revealed that I started to see

Everything around was free

Sharing was the common thread

Life for all, or all for dead


The Rule of Nature, or as it’s known

Nothing lives just for its own

It takes a system for forests to grow

Perfect balance and harmony

Mother Nature does it artfully


Eyes now opened and no more frown

Once again I looked around

Every movement and every sound

Rustling leaves on a summer’s breeze

Flowers opening for the bees


Do humans fit?  Is it our turn?

The wise one spoke in simple terms

“Perfectly, but only if we learn”

Preserve the water and keep it clean

Not a single drop of toxic Fluorine


He turned his eyes, with a gentle sigh

Do not pollute the air and sky

There’s no reason to justify

Chemical trails with many pollutants

Keep it up and we’ll all be mutants


Lastly think of the forest trees

Only cut down what you need

Let the rest grow and seed

Plant another and plant some more

Every space up to the shore


Teach these things for goodness sake

Make them aware of what’s at stake

Rouse their consciousness till it’s awake

What’s on this earth won’t last forever

It’s up to us to make it better


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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “The Rule of Nature – Words To Live By

  • February 3, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Your poem sure gives us a lot to ponder on, Ralph. Nature is in perfect balance and harmony – each individual plant all connected to the one system, part of the whole, just as we are. Wonderful message and excellently penned. I love it !

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