One Day

by joetwo

One day, they decided to keep the birds to themselves, they put up fences and signs and claimed that it was for their own protection. But the birds ignored the fences and the signs and the flew away where no one could find them.

One day, they decided that they would keep the clean water to themselves so they put up up fences and signs and said that “This water is ours.” But their filth seeped from where it was stored, ignored the fences and turned the water foul.

One day, they decided that they would keep the trees to themselves so they put a wall around the forests and claimed that all inside was theirs and for no one else. But with so few people in the forest a spark was allowed grow into flame which then grew into an inferno and within hours all of the trees were gone, leaving only cinders.

One day, they decided that they would claim the fresh air and they put up glass walls to keep in the air. But within the glass without the wind, the air lost its freshness, grew stale and was no use to them.

One day, they decided that they would claim the whole world but when they tried to put up a sign the trees, the birds, the sky, had all already been claimed and ruined and lost to all.

They were left, all alone, owners of everything, but nothing that was fresh, clean, or alive. The world was theirs but it was not the world anymore.

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Image courtesy of J-H Janssen taken from Wiki Commons
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Written for The Light and Shade Challenge for Monday the 1st of September 2014

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