No diamond jewel could compare To the worth of a raindrop in summer. No emerald or ruby could compare To the brilliant hues of a hummingbird. No opal gemstone could compare To the snowy feathers of an egret. For all they take a million years to make, These things of rock and metal make Some forget nature’s living creatures.
What diamond dropped from the sky Could make a trillion living things grow? What emerald or ruby could defy The laws of science and fly? What opal shaped to feather mimicry Could cloak in warmth a living being? Why do we so value these things of rock and metal, But heedlessly cause other living things to die?