Not From There: Ode to Mauna Kea

They want a shining summit

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 Maoli?

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

and maybe colonize Mars…

there is 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

especially not from there.




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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