If only I had known you when you were young and vibrant
When you were able to bring life, nourishment and joy
To who-ever came into contact with you.
If only I had known you before
You became contaminated by modern life
And were still pure, sparkling, heaven sent.
If only people had cared enough to respect you
To care for you,
Instead of being greedy and taking without thought.
If only people had realised your true worth,
And knew that their future was linked with yours
But they didn’t until it was too late.
Now I meet you at the end days
And only see glimpses of your former glory
Amid the desolation.
If only I could have saved you,
If only people had cared,
The death of a river.