Message in a Bottle

A message in a bottle
In an ocean swirled with trash
Would there be someone to read it
If the ecosystem crashed?

I could write that I was sorry
That I left the earth a mess:
And promise not to foul it
Any more than all the rest.

I could swear that this one bottle
Was the last I’d ever toss,
That next time I’d recycle -
No more carbon would be lost.

I could write a solemn promise
Not to waste another drop,
Not to drive a big gas-guzzler,
That my power use would drop.

Or I could re-use the bottle
Find new purpose for the cork,
And let my message to the future
Be the way I live and work.

 

JIM BURKLO
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Associate Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California

About Jim Burklo

Rev. Jim Burklo is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. An ordained United Church of Christ pastor, he is the author of three books in print, OPEN CHRISTIANITY (2000), BIRDLIKE AND BARNLESS (2008), and HITCH-HIKING TO ALASKA: THE WAY OF SOULFUL SERVICE (2013). See more about him at jimburklo.com .


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