Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Always been here

Always been here

how many species have to vanish
how many life forms do we banish

before we finally begin to see
how violent we are, how greedy

tearing up our home in plunder,
raping the earth, our mother

what are we teaching our children?
to sow greed, reap destruction?

after we’ve lost the polar bear
laid all the lush forests bare

after the last whale is gone
animal habitats have been shorn

maybe we will begin to see
when it’s not too late, hopefully

the earth is not a chattel
to barter, buy and resell

the forest, the mangrove, the lake
is not ours to pillage and take

the earth is a home we share
with those who have always been here