Do you care?
By Nicholas Hooper
I dreamt I met a tall, great man
who handled land across the earth
and he looked kindly down on me
but I asked this for all I’m worth:
‘Do you care for your grandchildren?
Do you care for their future now?’
‘Of course I do,’ came his reply,
a puzzled look upon his brow.
‘But do you care in fifty years
as our poor world is turned to dust
or drowned by waters, torn by winds?
to know your answer is a must.’
He looked so thoughtful then and gave a sigh,
and nodded sadly down at me.
I knew that there and then he would
be taking steps to set us free
from futures damned by want of thought
and cravings for destructive ways
to carve a living from this world
and making short our future days.
I wish I saw that man in life,
and that he lived in our good land,
working for our precious world,
for he would take it all in hand.
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”
— Nick Hooper