I want my children to live
in a world where there’s a future to grow into
I took the decision to have children in good faith
considering the implications:
the world does not need more people,
it needs more people prepared to make a difference
I try to educate them
but by the time they’re grown, eco-warrior
might not be a lifestyle choice, but the default
modus vivendum, true meaning, ‘survivor.’
To extend the web of life is a gift and a blessing
I’d almost do it again, even in these years
but would it be a cruelty, to be born in such uncertain times?
‘Fear to bring children into this world’* may be
the worst fear, but it figures:
go ask the children of the Monarch Butterfly
upon whose fragile wings extinction quivers.
*from Bob Dylan, ‘Masters of War.’ Everything else © 2022 experimentsinfiction.com. All Rights Reserved.
Written for earthweal
This week, Sherry hosts, and asks us to:
Contemplate the web of life and see where it takes you. It might be the grand design. It might be the most miniscule yet important creature. Write about it, small or big. Let’s appreciate nature’s wonders, her intricate design, so we can better assist Mother Earth on her healing journey, which is also ours.