this one’s coming from space
more than a million miles it’s travelled
to put us in our place.
Think you can destroy a planet
with your selfish consumption?
Let me show you how it’s done:
with a swift, impactful motion…
I’ll give evolution another chance
to create something less arrogant:
a short, sharp change of circumstance
which you cannot prevent.
I expect it gives your pause for thought
as I enter your atmosphere
no time for sorry now, it’s done:
hardly the time for prayer.
If only you’d left more art behind
as alien buried treasure:
less nuclear waste, less plastic, a
one day, from a distant galaxy
some species more intelligent
might have stopped by, enquiringly
and wondered where you went.
© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved
Written for earthweal
I watched a documentary about asteroids and comets impacts the other day, and the role they may have played in the evolutionary record. It seems every 100,000 years or so, life on earth gets a restart. How arrogant of us as a species to try and jump the gun!
Sharing with earthweal’s Open Link Weekend.
I realise on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that many people will have much to say on the subject. Personally, I can’t make a poem out of such tragedy. I will only say my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.