Before the people came

by Jacqui O'Neill

 
Before the people came
first lives were in dense forests
a rich and fertile ground
sanctuary filled
Damp moist clean air
prevailed
 
Before the people came
first lives had; acres for homes
silent, quiet backdrops
in order to mature,
full larders 
for their young
 
Before the people came
first lives had; a land of
non-milk and honey,
a bush that had not been tramped,
one great big reserve
fences not required
 
Before the people came
first lives were, nature's
settlers; content
to live off and within,
caretakers of
mother's own
 
Before the people came
first lives had already
found a sustainable, 
abundant,  
long white 
cloud