Christmas comes and then it’s gone,
We light some candles sing some songs.
And add our hopes for peace on earth –
For food for all and jobs of worth.
The world’s a mess I realize –
Our precious earth, our heavenly prize.
I’d like to look in leaders’ eyes
And say, “It’s time to get along,
Stop fighting, you know right from wrong.
You act like greedy, nasty boys
Now throw away your warring toys.”
I’d tell them they should care for folk,
That killing people’s not a joke.
It’s time to think of working man
And those who need a helping hand.
But will they listen, I despair,
They help the rich who hate to share.
They should think of our earth as mother.
This is our home we have no other.
So now a new year comes again,
Let’s hope that things don’t stay the same.
Get fired up and shout this time
For good earth, clean water and mankind.
Elizabeth Hearn Milner
Editor’s Notes: It became now a tradition that Elizabeth Milner writes us a poem each year. Elizabeth Hearn Milner grew up in Aurora from 1945 to 1965. She is a historian, a lecturer, a writer, and a painter. She has degrees from several universities and has taught for over 30 years. She wrote several books including Aurora 1945-1965, An Ontario Town at a Time of Great Change and her latest Aurora Memories and More available from Aurora Historical Society (Hillary House Historic Site) and at the Caruso and Co. both located at Yonge Street in Aurora ON.