DOMINION
By Tammy C. Smith
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DOMINION
By Tammy C. Smith

I want to ask you a question
What does this word mean: Dominion
Is it power or protection
Which of these were Godís intentions

When He himself gave mankind the
Dominion over creatures He
Had placed on earth so lovingly
Did he not request stewardly

Yes dominion was given man
Not superiority and
Yes he asked us to rule the land
not make them suffer at our hand

Creatures arenít a commodity
Theyíre of and from him: heavenly
Man is blessed to be asked by he
To stand guard over all who breathe

Apparently we are confused
With such a large word seldom used
The word dominion to review
Protect is what mankind should do

But Man is failing miserably
With our responsibility
To love and treat respectfully
his creatures: this is our duty

I find the meaning to be much
The opposite of power such
That in my heart I cannot hush
The screams of manís demise does rush

Mankind has somehow been tainted
With power that was not granted
his creatures should be respected
And Live in peace as intended

And why do we consider least
If swim or fly or have four feet
Manís pain for sport they do not seek
Perhaps itís man who is the beast

For his creatures do not possess
Mad desire to make man less
They do not bring our births for death
For simple greed and selfishness

And why in the world would god make
A request for man to just take
His creatures and then to forsake
And treat them as though they were waste

When before God on judgement day
What do you intend to him say
You did not understand the way
With His creatures you should behave

Say dominion was the Quand'ry
That it was not explained clearly
Maybe if you ask for mercy
Yes you should have loved them dearly

What if God tells you Heís confused
Heís not sure which meaning to use
The word dominion to review
Should he yield power over you
Or protection: which would you choose

Dominion is NOT a judgment call
And by this word mankind does fall
We were asked to protect them all
No matter fly, swim, walk or crawl
Godís creatures suffer at manís fault

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