Earth Day Rant in Rhyme

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.

#poem #submission

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