I often wonder
why should I bother
and whether it makes any difference when
‘Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do’
but anything other than fighting with every last breath
for this beloved, beleaguered earth
would be a crime of complacency.
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Written for dVerse
De is hosting Quadrille, and has asked us to write a poem of exactly 44 words featuring the word ‘bother.’ I was already considering the subject ‘why bother?’ for Brendan’s earthweal challenge, so this prompt gave me another opportunity to explore the subject of being bothered. When it comes to the climate crisis, twinned with massive biodiversity loss, we cannot afford not to be bothered. That way the climate change deniers win.
My three-year-old son has impeccable taste in music. He was singing ‘Space Oddity’ this morning and this got me thinking about how prophetic the song would turn out to be, in particular the line quoted above. The song was first recorded in 1969, one month before the first moon landing. The Apollo missions showed us just how lucky we all are to be living on this ‘good earth.’ Unfortunately, our efforts to protect the earth from our destructive expansionist spirit have so far proved futile. It’s time to change tack before it’s too late.