An explanation will follow after the poem.
After we stop pretending that everything’s alright
After the lies have all been told
After we realise that day may no longer follow night
After our children’s future has been sold.
Will we show remorse, beg forgiveness, be sad?
That we chose THINGS over their hopes and dreams
Will our kids understand, or will they just be mad?
That their parents didn’t love them enough, it seems.
The Earth, abundant in nature, wore a smiling face
But we traded it, in our greed for money
Nature is the loser in our in-Human Race
A toxic broth is our reward, instead of milk and honey.
When we were one with nature, just like insects birds and trees
And the gods of the forest were our guides
Everything was perfect, nature met our needs
But we traded it for status, shiny things, and lies
We ignored our forest gods and worshipped god in the form of man
Declared ourselves above and separate from the natural world
And that sadly, is where our troubles all began
And we’ve been fucking things up ever since!
I make no apologies for the final line. This poem follows on from my previous post also titled “After we stop pretending” about how we continue to pollute and destroy and how it may be too late to make the changes we need to make, to save our own lives. I have tried to give the poem rhythm and rhyme all the way through until the final line. It’s abrupt….doesn’t rhyme….and represents our disconnect from the rest of the natural world. I have never felt so angry, or so impotent to change things….to make things right.
Whether you believe in man made climate change, or whether you think it’s simply a natural cycle, that creates the rise and fall of global temperatures, what is undeniable is the fact that we – by which I mean you, me, the folks next door, the people down the street and most of all the people who have become rich and powerful – are responsible for polluting and destroying our natural world. And we covet our baubles and shiny possessions so much that we are content to allow the destruction of the thing that gives us life, and what would guarantee that our kids and grand kids had a future. If ONLY we had the courage to stand up and say ENOUGH! But we don’t care enough about nature and we DON’T love our kids and grand kids enough to have the balls to protect them. It’s sad….it’s really quite pathetic….but it’s the truth. Otherwise we’d be on the streets demanding change in an unstoppable show of public disobedience – displaying unselfish courage.
We watch what’s laughingly called “the news” on our TV’s at night and the lead item SHOULD be about how we are destroying the earth and more importantly what we are, or should be, doing to turn things around. But instead we allow them to distract us with stories of Donald Trumps tweets, or about which celebrity has had Botox, or arse implants, or which politician has been cheating behind their spouse’s backs. Anything to avoid the real issue. Anything to put off switching off the consumer driven growth economy and changing our own comfortable lifestyle. It seems that we love money more than life itself. We deserve our fate.