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This week we’re taking a break from writing a blog post and, instead, sharing a very poignant poem sent to us by a client. Thank you, SW. We trust it’ll touch you as much as it did us and, perhaps, even bring a tear to your eye too… 
 
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the choice of picture, who can resist the sight of lambs at this time of year?!? 
 
 
So, without further ado, here we go: 
 
The Earth whispered, but you did not hear. 
The Earth spoke, but you did not listen. 
The Earth screamed, but you turned her off. 
 
And, so, I was born... 
I was not born to punish you. 
I was born to awaken you. 
The Earth cried out for help. 
Massive flooding. But you didn't listen. 
Burning fires. But you didn't listen. 
Strong hurricanes. But you didn't listen. 
Terrifying Tornadoes. But you didn't listen. 
You still don't listen to the Earth when 
Ocean animals are dying due to pollutants in the waters; 
Glaciers melting at an alarming rate; 
Severe drought. 
 
You didn't listen to how much negativity the earth is receiving: 
Non-stop wars. 
Non-stop greed. 
You just kept going on with your life. 
No matter how much hate there was. 
No matter how many killings daily. 
 
It was more important to get the latest iPhone than worry about what the Earth was trying to tell you. 
But now I am here. 
And I've made the world stop in its tracks. 
I've made YOU finally listen. 
I've made you take refuge. 
I've made you stop thinking about materialistic things. 
Now you are like the Earth. 
You are only worried about YOUR survival. 
How does that feel? 
I give you fever, as the fires burn on Earth. 
I give you respiratory issues, as pollution fills the Earth's air. 
I give you weakness as the Earth weakens every day. 
I took away your comforts. 
Your outings. 
 
The things you would use to forget about the Earth and her pain. 
And I made the world stop… 
And now... 
China has better air quality. Skies are clear blue because factories are not spewing pollution unto the Earth's air. 
The water in Venice is clean and because the gondola boats that pollute the water are not being used, the fish are returning. 
YOU are having to take time to reflect on what is important in your life. 
 
Again, I am not here to punish you. I am here to awaken you. 
When all this is over and I am gone, please remember these moments: 
Listen to the Earth. 
Listen to your Soul. 
Stop polluting the Earth. 
Stop fighting amongst each other. 
Stop caring about materialistic things. 
And start loving your neighbours. 
Start caring about the Earth and all its creatures. 
Because next time I may come back even stronger.... 
 
Signed, Coronavirus 
 
And, if you’d like a slightly less poetic comment we also came across this week, here it is: 
 
To the Earth, humans are like fleas on a dog – and, sooner or later, the dog has enough…. 
 
As always, the choice is yours. 
 
 
Picture by unknown artist 
 
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