We should listen to the quiet people
though it seems they don’t have very much to say
in this world obsessed with who can shout the loudest
perhaps the quiet people know the way.
We should listen to the dreamers:
we have lost capacity for abstract thought
thinking only in terms of profit margins
which in the end will lead to nought
but flood and fire, famine and drought
is this what a successful future holds?
We should start to listen to those quiet people
before this earth-apocalypse unfolds.
We should listen to the voiceless:
the ghosts of creatures already extinct
if we ceased our noise and tuned in to their message
we’d see we are already on the brink.
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I woke up with the title in my head early yesterday morning. Perhaps my subconscious reacting to the end of the COP 26 Summit. I’m also still thinking about Sherry’s Great Forgetting challenge. At the moment, I’m reading Watership Down to my eldest son: it’s a book I was both fascinated with and terrified by as a child. Written in 1972, and told from the perspective of anthropomorphised rabbits (yes, it is a little unconventional) how prescient these words seem now:
“It comes from men,” said Holly. “All other elil [enemies] do what they have to do and Frith [the Sun] moves them as he moves us. They live on the earth and they need food. Men will never rest till they’ve spoiled the earth and destroyed the animals.”
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