Lament the death of our rivers,
Mourn the toxicity of our air.
Ground once fertile, now parched
Turned desert through our own creation.
Crops wilted and brown
Turn to dust in the noon day sun.
Forests deprived of their lushness
Erode with the slightest hint of rain.
Ravenous pits left barren–
Raped of their precious innocence.
Fracking and drilling–
Consequences of looming disaster ignored.
Ceaseless development choking out nature
Exterminating both the large and the small.
Extinction of whole species despised
When confronting progress.
Denying climate change as a left-wing concoction
Though science the world over proves otherwise.
I watch as all manner of pollution and greed desecrates out world.
Those that speak out are damned as tree-huggers,
Anti-free market liberals, un-American, communists, socialists, unpatriotic.
Is not defending this planet noble?
Do we not owe this fight to our children and their children?
If we can prevent further degradation do they not deserve it?
We have witnessed this day coming,
Nature has foretold of its demise for many a generation at the hands of man
Yet we chose not to see!
Ignorance my friends is not bliss,
It is selfish and egotistical,
It is born of indifference and hate,
Its offspring is ruin and our own extinction!
A few pieces of silver,
Prestige, accolades, the ivory tower?
What good is any of this if the earth succumbs to carnage?
Take a moment to look at the grandeur of what surrounds you,
This is magnificence beyond any designs of man.
Breathe its air,
Drink of its pure waters,
Gaze with wonder upon its fertile plains,
Glorious mountains, vast and tranquil oceans,
Before it is too late,
For this is true divinity without measure.
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~