Wide country and wild she needs
For safety from vile human deeds
To roam unhindered and free
And pursue her own destiny.
Muscles roll under silvertip fur
Her walk is both shuffling and sure
Searching for roots, grubs and berries
An occasional squirrel she harries.
Two playful cubs tag along
Growling a young Grizzly’s song
Watching their mother for example
What she eats they’re eager to sample.
She’ll protect them as well as she can
From dangerous bears or from man
She’ll teach them the ways of the hills
And encourage their natural skills.
But the cubs’ very future is clouded
By mankind they are being crowded
Will they always find room to roam?
Will we leave them a wilderness home?
Mankind now owns most of the West
And it seems that our race will not rest
‘Till we’ve plundered every square acre
Not a giver, always a taker
Can’t we leave room for another?
For the Grizzly cubs and their mother?
For the wolf, badger, weasel and bear?
For all that grows wild out there?
This planet is not ours to ruin
We share it with feline and bruin
With trees, with insects, with birds
With creatures wonderful beyond words
Keep it WILD! Keep it GREEN! Keep it FREE!
Open your eyes and see
We are playing a dangerous game
For the Earth’s fate and ours are the same!