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March 4th, 2008, 10:03 PM
After days innumerable,
When the Lord God had made the Earth,
And Man in his image walked the Earth on two legs,
Man sought to know the Earth.

It was Man who wrested the metals from the ground,
And the rubber sap from the trees,
And wrought this thing in which he could be carried,
So as to go in comfort across the land which he sought to know.
He called it Jeep, and under the watchful eye of God,
Saw that it was good.

Man went out across the land,
And as God created it in seven days and nights,
So too did Man stay amid it for that time
And as God had seen all that He had created
And called it good,
So too did Man look upon this Earth in wonder, and awe,
And Man too called it good.

At the end of each day, when Man warmed himself
And nourished himself beside a fire,
God spoke to him,
Through the whisper of the wind in the trees,
Or the crackle of the log in the fire.
The Lord God commissioned man to look after His creation,
To leave it better than he came upon it, to leave no trace,
And to tread lightly.

March 5th, 2008, 10:29 AM
This is very clever and well written. The last stanza is particularly vivid. My only cavil concerns the "Willy's." As an old-time Willys nut, I can't resist pointing out that it is "Willys" (no apostrophe). I tried to resist writing this but my fingers sought out the key-board against my will. So, pressing on, the correct pronunciation is "Willis," as if it were a man's first name.

The name of the venerable old jeeps comes from John North Willys, who founded the Willys-Overland Motor Company. There, now, I got my hands back under control. Easy boy, easy. Sigh.


Dave McDonald
March 5th, 2008, 10:38 AM
Nice... I like it :)

Was Willys-Overland related to Willys-Knight?

I miss my CJ5 :(

March 5th, 2008, 12:51 PM
Pineneedle.....I didn't know that about Willys! You are truly a wellspring of information. I fixed the apostrophe for ya. :thumbsup:

March 5th, 2008, 11:15 PM
My Dear Dave,

The Knight was a model made by the Willys company. My older brother bought a '35 for $25 in 1954 from a man in Pumpkin Center. It was a great little car. It did not have an ignition key, but what the hey, you could start it with a paper clip. The only bad feature was the mechanical brake system, a Rube Goldberg arrangement whereby the brake pedal pulled on cables connected to the brakes on the four wheels. If this brilliant system were not adjusted perfectly, you made quick lane changes every time you applied the brakes. Those old throw-away cars were wonderful. When one would give up on you, two days wages would get you another.