I wish I could look on
a field of new houses
with pride in the work that was done.
I wish I could drive on
a new super highway
in awe of how far we have come.
I wish I could sleep past three in the morning with-
out nightmares invading my dreams without warning;
about corn fields burning, and SUV's swarming.
And birds lying dead in the sun.
I wish I could look out
on all God's creation
with pride in what mankind has done.
-- Stuart Baker (2002)