Earth Day Rant in Rhyme

November 2, 2020

Do not touch your face

 

Don't forget to say grace

                                                                                                To save ourselves who has

      a clue

Of what on Earth to do

Why not stampede for 

     toilet tissue.

To the main topic here this

     is no discontinuity.

And to mark Earth Day's 

     first  half century 

Why not consider a bike

     build subversity?

Ride  sustainability in

     perpetuity. 

 

No ransom for royalty will

     mine be

Nor lock-it-up  pathology

Not Harley or Honda or

     Norton Commando

But the lightweight familiar

Low carbon  to go. 

 

 

From random origins re-

     integrating

Derailleur, freewheel, bask-

     et for freight bearing

Soon very likely it's calling

     for riding

And the bell still can ring.

 

 

New brakes and cables

The seat looks like torture

But entirely consistent with

     enhancing our future.

Sustainable practice in

     practice!

Environmental crisis pro-

     phylaxis!

 

 

0n this rare and sacred 

      sanctuary

Our esteemed enduring Big

      Rock # 3

The lately most salient 

      reality

Is a pair of close siblings

      calling more frequently

Each indisposed to ges-

      tires of leniency

Make no mistake their 

      common ontogeny

Pandemic and climate 

     change and what other

     progeny?

For much higher impact the

     twosome synergetic

Now target the inimical my-

     opic diathetic

High caution to many con-

     ventions endemic.

 

 

Who can doubt it,  we're to-

     day in a crucible

This experience now could

     be just dress rehearsal

Will the pandemic itself 

     take a reversal?

And  where does virus def-

     inition

Include  stasis as condit-

     ion?

Among the instruments of

     adjustment

A virus is a perfect comple-

     ment

For restoring peace on this

     firmament

Why choose then, resent-

     ment, lamentment ?

For responses judicious 

     and decent

There is good record of pre-

     cedent. 

 

 

The once familiar "normal"

So easy to invoke

Reinstated, undebated

Means ever more of  gag

      and choke.

There's formidable arsenal

      to provoke.

For some reason lately, a

      misunderstanding

Our apprehending needs 

      expanding

There's inversion of percep-

      tion

Demanding honest interro-

      gation

Identify contagion, identify

      aberration

And which is defence,

      which is prosecution?

 

 

Homeostasis fits well in the

      Earthly equation

Ever useful, effective self

      calibration

Consider James Lovelock's

      wise surmise

In fact no big surprise

Regarding Gaia he did hy-

      pothesize

Planet Earth as living entity

Almost in herself, singular-

      ity 

Expect then, with alacrity,

      tenacity

Prompt response of imm-

      unity

To thoughtless societal

      effrontery. 

 

 

Last year, all heard it.

Eleven years remained

For an anthropocene un-

     restrained.

A dangerous, too costly im-

     balance

Much too long maintained.

The pushing of plastic and

     singing ka-ching

As cultural purpose, how

     inspiring?

A recipe only for more grief

     to bring.

 

 

((i)) When arrive the legions

        of benevolent alien,

        To encamp and pro-

        ceed in every nation,

        On thorough cam-

        paigns of brain trans-

        plantation

        Any limit to the dream-

        scape imagination?

        And how deep is the

        mind's addiction

        To the most outrage-

        ous fiction?

        But if such good for-

        tune ever eventuates,

        Please save me a 

        place

        In the first line of can-

        didates.

 

 

(ii)   How did airtravel be-

        come so sanctified?

        A late cornerstone of

        economies.

        Fostering capricious

        dependencies

        Precluded through all

        human history

        A response now to a

        deficiency?

        Manifestation of a des-

        peration?

        Where prosperity sur-

        passed creativity and

        imagination? 

        For its now a dose of

        banality,

        Though once a sensa-

        tion,

        Converging with a TV

        generation,

        Deep torpor on the

        couch, but poised with

        remote,

        All have acquaintance

        with this anecdote.

        

 

Extrapolate to a bizarre

       possibility

       Slight stretch to the 

       venerated normalcy

       A brief holiday in a re-

       mote galaxy

       Or ten days on beautiful

        Alpha Centauri ?

       Equally vacuous, spe-

       cious, injudicious

       One might choose  

       Sirius.

       IT  IS  after all ALL 

       ABOUT  US

       For  US  right now it's

       no sacrifice

       Externalize costs and

       roll the dice

       Transit a STEAL at

       twice the price

       Many the options exo-

       ticus

       For we of a culture ca-

       pricious

       

       

      So be not deterred

      All costs are deferred

      Simply a shift of depre-

      dations

      Bequeath it all to future

      generations

      Promote further the 

      state of desolation

 

     

      How keenly felt the 

      tough privations

      By those avoiding such

      vacations?

      If they're needed to 

      "save your neck"

      Best  consider  VR  tech

      Or support your local

      holodeck.   

 

(iii)Swat not that mosquito

      Do an earthworm res-

      cue

      They fit this earthscape

      better than we do

      To be here they have 

      more right than we do

      It's a heavy charge that

      in essence

      To many would be a big

       offence

      Any volunteers as coun-

      sel for defense?

 

    

     You find no earthworm

      administrations

     Of edentate regulations

     Do they insist on air con-

     ditionations?

     How much hope of their

     support

     For yet another airport?

     Or PT lumber for garden

     playground or dock

     Or the big commute and

     more gridlock?

     Or would they often con-

     cede

     That THERE IS a "nox-

      ious  weed"

     With big consensus, all

     agreed

     Chemical warfare will

     meet our need.

     How bad is earthworm

     halitosis

     From digital world 

     hypnosis

     Their own boredom and

     desperation

     For just flash and dazzle

     stimulation

     Or expressing that a life

     well spent

     Is a craze of commit-

     ment to synthetic scent?

      

 

     There is indeed much

     malodorum

     Why not slag the real

     odium?

     For us of current edition

     humanity

     Knowing the factor

     Of tumorgenic or hor-

     mine disruptor

     Elicits "Why on earth 

     would that matter ?"

Earth Day  EVERY day, all

     must insist

A denial of futures if the

     choice is resist

A tragedy is no inevitability

All can be worthy of Rock#

     Three

We're all of the same 

     waters

From the primal asteroid

     showers. 

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