Hayden is a 12 year old and an original BKBeasts team member. He wrote an inspiring poem after a trip to the Gunks – and realized what most adults tend to forget in their stresses over everyday life: the earth is beautiful, and worth savoring.
His personal intro: Hey, I’m Hayden and I love nature.
“Where We Went Wrong”
Once, I took a rock climbing trip to the Gunks.
I had fun, jumping on rocks, seeing a snake.
But the highlight of that trip was when I went to the top of the wall and looked out.
The sight took my breath away.
Hills and valleys of blossoming trees, towering pines,
and a red-stained sky, tainting the trees orange.
I stayed speechless up there for the longest of time,
and realized that for many hundreds of years, the world was like this.
That was when I realized,
humans aren’t the most intelligent animals.
They are the least.
To destroy all these beautiful grassy mountains to put in a new town.
So I will now ask you to help.
To turn that power line to a tree.
To turn that power plant into a plant.
Turn those smoke clouds to rain clouds, and give the Earth back what we took.
– Hayden Mosher-Smith, 2014