Let’s hope that 2020 won’t become
when catastrophic climate change takes hold:
We’ve placed our lives on hold, still, not enough
to save us from our epidemic greed.
Let’s pause, take heed, consider how we might avoid
the worst of this.
It lies in understanding that the way we live our lives
needs shaking up:
We hide under our duvets watching Netflix, in a fix
while politicians place pipelines for millionaires
all in the name of progress, draining carbon sinks
accelerating our arrival at
And if we dare to raise objections
we are told we act unlawfully
though nature’s laws are fundamental, deep,
unmoving and unmoved by spin or lobbying deceit.
Even those who would shield themselves within the walls
of so-called ‘law and order’ also
stand to fall.
I’m feeling quite apoc-eclipsed right now,
my little voice demands a fairer future
for my kids, which would in fact
be any kind of future we can save:
But if we join together and unite in this
our voices’ surge can crash into the shores of ignorance
with the tsunamic power of a tidal wave.
I live in hope…
© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved
Written for Earthweal
This started off as a much shorter poem for Twitter, but I realised it felt unfinished, so I’ve finished it up here! Posting for Earthweal’s Open Link Weekend #51.