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Planting Trees

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There’s a cloudless sky, the sun is fierce
The earth like dust, no shade to be found
The world is just a story told
time stands still in this African town

Out from nowhere, a man appears
Alone and fearless he stands
There’s only one thing on his mind
Where to empty his hands

God bless those people who never took the score
Planting trees that they never saw

It’s hard to dig in the midday sun
But he doesn’t notice doesn’t seem to care
All he feels is there’s work to be done
Using a spade instead of a prayer

Where once there was nothing now stands a twig
Where mighty oak will grow
As years pass by just where it came from
No one will ever know

There’s some that give with careful calculation
And some that give with no reason or rhythm
There’s some that talk with endless hesitation
Saying nothing time after time

But once in a while, someone comes along
Doing what needs to be done
No thought of reward or recognition
No bottom line or banging of a drum

One of my favourite sayings is, “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.” It is a Greek proverb that Socrates used to quote which just goes to show how hard it is to come up with anything original.