by Jean-Marie Toutonghi
- The Capitol Hill Times -
Listen little children and
I will teach you a lesson
of the wisdom of nature,
which protects its lovely creatures!
Alas, the caterpillar must disappear
in order for the butterfly to be born,
and when the butterfly dies,
a new flower is reincarnated;
that is why butterflies and flowers
are of the same colors!
And when the flower in its turn wilts
it cedes its place to a new butterfly;
in the same way old men and women
cede their places to their children!
And the acorn, which the squirrel
does not eat plants itself deeply in the earth
so that the oak may grow.
Nature creates with joy and love,
but also with a sense of humor:
she creates the slug without a house,
but she gives the snail a house
which the poor creature can barely
carry on its back!
She creates the bird and the mouse,
but then in confusion she creates the bat which is neither a flying rodent
nor a walking bird
but a little bit of each;
a joke perhaps, an experiment
by a wise nature?
She creates almost all species
male and female in order that they may reproduce,
but knowing that the poor earth worm is too ugly to be loved she allows it to self-reproduce!
So you see little children,
nature loves and protects its creations.
Those who must die today will have a new life tomorrow.
It has been and will always be thus.