Opening Poem

Such a beautiful world, a gift so rare,

      That was given to us at birth;

      But man has abused this great gift from God,

      This wondrous, colorful earth!

He is so filled with his craving for power,

      And earthly possessions, while here…

But some day he’ll waken to what he’s lost,

      In his scramble for gold to keep;

      His eyes will be opened and he’ll be sad,

      For as he has sowed he will reap!


− Gertrude T. Buckingham, “Such a Beautiful World”