There are deep pockets of evil in this world
deeper than graves dug to bury
the bodies of indigenous children
assimilated into an early death.
Deep pockets of evil, deeper than the
hatred which drives a genocide
or than our shallow willingness
to look the other way.
Deeper than the roots of trees that fall,
or than the cuts that fell them.
Deeper than an oil well
or than the carbon sinks drained where the trees fell.
Deeper than the Mariana Trench,
the deepest pocket of the deepest ocean;
deeper than corruption’s putrid stench
stuck to the squeakiest clean of politicians.
There are deep pockets of evil
in the cloaks of cloak-and-dagger corporations
who present their friendly faces to the world:
the hard sell of the sea shell.
And deep in the deep pockets of evil you will find
supposed democratic leaders,
pedalling bullshit to blind consumers
while media outlets hoodwink their readers.
There are deep pockets of evil all throughout the earth
there won’t be a hole deep enough to hide
when the day of reckoning comes
and all their lies split open wide:
wider than the trunk of the last tree downed at Fairy Creek
greater than the sacrifice of life to Markets
there are deep pockets of evil
wherever evil has the deepest pockets.
© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved
Written for earthweal
Sherry has challenged us this week to write ‘A Prayer for Hard Times.’ But after reading of the mass graves of indigenous children being unearthed in Canada, and the First Nation people being shot dead by police, and the Old Growth forest being destroyed for profit in Fairy Creek, my ‘prayer’ sounds more like a dirge.
Of course, it’s not just Canada: evil seems to surface wherever money and power take hold (which means just about everywhere in today’s world.)
When thinking about direct, non-violent action I could take by way of protest, I think boycotting the big corporations who are fuelling the destruction of our planet could be an effective consumer action. But which ones to boycott? I tried to dredge up some information on ‘the worst corporations for climate impact.’ And surprise, surprise, that information is not offered up on a platter. This Guardian article was interesting, but it’s more than 7 years old!
As a starting point, if you are interested in boycotting those deep pockets of evil, all big corporations have to publish their accounts, and you should be able to find these on their websites. Any corporation which exists primarily to increase profits for shareholders most likely does not have the best interests of the planet at heart.
Of course, we can just continue as blind consumers, but every penny we spend is an investment in one type of future or another. If we care at all, then should start to question where we put our money. It’s not easy, and I find it hard given the stresses and strains of everyday life. But if we don’t start taking action then pretty soon there won’t be any daily life left to get stressed about.