Earth and Clouds

God gave us a world unfinished, so that we
might share in the joys and satisfactions of

He left oil in Trenton rock.
He left electricity in the clouds.
He left the rivers unbridged–and the mountains

He left the forests unfelled and the cities
He left the laboratories unopened
He left the diamonds uncut.
He gave us the challenge of raw materials,
not the satisfaction of perfect, finished

He left the music unsung and the dramas un-
He left the poetry undreamed, in order that
men and women might not become bored,
but engage in stimulating, exciting, creative
activities that keep them thinking, working,
experimenting, and experiencing all the joys
and durable satisfactions of achievement.

-Allen A. Stockdale