Earth is not ours alone,
Lions, leopards, rabbits, chimps
Tigers, butterflies, donkeys and minks,
All inherit it.
Once they were happy,
And there was enough to eat,
Some ate grasses
And some ate meat.
Then came a creature named man,
He had no horns or a tail,
Didnít roar or bark or even wail.
Man had two hands and feet
Which the animals had never seen,
He was a mean creature
Always curious and keen.
Man didnít make them friends,
But unnecessarily killed these creatures
And did not realise
What Nature had to teach us.
Now (though late) he has understood,
That animals are his brothers,
And I hope now he shares this land with them,
For earth is not ours alone.
Queen Mary School†