God told man to tend the earth
not to destroy what he's made.
He told us to protect it, but
we failed to make the grade.
We straightened the Kissimmee
for the money it would bring in.
We're to tend to God's creation.
To destroy it is a sin.
Some local governments have
shown more sense than the state
by protecting wetlands there.
Now politicians tell us, "Wait.
We don't need the locals to
upset our money-making scheme.
If we don't put a stop to them
they'll destroy our big dream.
Duplicate protection isn't needed,"
they, from their platform, holler.
They refuse to get off their knees
as they worship the mighty dollar.
Others, pursuing their money god,
push for bigger, wider roads
to get builders to their grove land
and bring in money by the loads.
It's time for us to make a stand
and to tell these people, "No."
We're goin got protect this paradise.
These ideas have to go.
KERMIT R. HOLT
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