Earth & Earthlings

It’s hard to see the galaxies

through the hatred and violence

and it’s hard to hear humanity

through the deafening silence

and the fife and drum of the marching band

when fireworks light up the sky

and the flames are fanned

the little children wonder, why

why does the sky fall on their village

and why must distant cousins come to pillage,

come to steal what we used to share

and why is it that we don’t care

and say, ‘it’s not my fault the world’s not fair’

we’re afraid of truth and cannot bare

that we cause thousand mile stares

as gazes come from countless eyes

that watch us holding up our prize

but gold paint washes from the lead

and all we’re left with is the dead

and unfed masses crying out

is this what life is all about?

we are the cancer, could we be the cure

if once more giving finds allure

but more and more we’re told to seek

and build our cities on the meek

but what I have is yours as well

and short of that, we’re stuck in hell

hoarding life and giving death,

uprooting trees and holding breath

but we can’t breathe the dollar bill

and buy our soul back with a pill

it’s oil fueling hipster bars

like fireflies in mason jars

the lights stay on the more you shake

but what about the life you take

as earthquakes shake the land of OZ

and tar sands ooze out to applause

like hatred from the bible belt

will we survive the glacial melt

as stocks and waters swallow life

or will we stay behind the fife

and climb the mountain to the top,

and squeeze earth and earthlings

to the last drop…?

 

Maybe then the band will stop

 

 

 

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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