We Don’t Deserve A Closer Look

No, we don’t deserve

a closer look at the stars

we desecrate earth

we’re bound to desecrate space

with atom bombs orbiting,

 

interstellar death

racing to colonize the

heavens, we’re helpless

we can’t even figure out

earth, in terms beyond net-worth

 

all for profits sake

we’ve left cultures in our wake

and push them under,

wondering why kupuna

cry over the things we’ve done

 

we live by the gun

killing millions and millions

killing planet earth

so corporations can take

more of what was never theirs

 

they want a mountain

on top of Mauna Kea

and they’ll say that you’re

anti-science if you’re in

defiance of ignorance

 

aimed at Hawaiians

but who understands the stars

more than Kanaka?

We desecrate the present

so we can look past the smog

 

but the die was cast

when we watched our neighbors starve

as food was rotting

behind locked market doors. Wars

are all fought for one reason

 

we’re crazy to think

governments have good intent

and that peace was why

America sent people

to the moon. It’s all about

 

rich exploiting poor

and sure, there’s more to it than

that, but not a lot.

We’ve poisoned our blue-green dot

now we’ll focus on the stars

 

maybe they hold the

key to fueling the market

tomorrow, who knows

we need more revenue flow

there are stock holders who want

 

much better returns

who cares if the heavens burn

who cares that we don’t

ever learn from our mistakes

and we don’t think they’re mistakes

 

they’re just risks we take

to make way more money, and

who are Hawaiians

to stand between rich people

and a boat load of space cash?

 

sure, it would be nice

to look back billions of years

but we can’t even

learn from yesterdays mistakes

what makes us think we will learn

 

anything beyond

warfare? The other planets

are fine without us

Hawaii was fine without

guns, and bibles,  germs, and steel

 

the earth needs to heal

but we keep dealing death blows

so who knows how long

until Pele blows her top

until mother nature stops

 

putting up with us

we have no reason to trust

that anything good

will come from this telescope

 

sure, we can all hope

but our taxes buy the rope

used to hang cultures

out to dry, as mother earth

is sliced like a pineapple

 

so a few bad men

can add more zeros, can add

more of this sacred

mountain to the legacy

of Cook, so we can find more

 

places to exploit

for resources, for money

in the name of greed

but I suppose it makes sense,

we have to honor our God

 

so we’ll prostitute

the soul of those we conquer

and teach them about

Elvis Presley instead of

George Helm. We’ll teach them about

 

white navigators

like Columbus and like Cook,

we’ll tell them they need

to look at the stars, but we’re

fireflies in jars trying

 

to enlighten them,

we’re just a street lamp

believing that we

can enlighten the moon, we’re

singing out of tune, while they

 

are in chorus with

nature, with the stars and sky,

it’s a blatant lie

to say that the only key

to the future is held by

 

the same people who

have monetized the planet,

who have filled oceans

with plastic, and fill the world

with starvation and warfare.

 

No, we don’t deserve

a closer look at the stars…

 

 

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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