earth: change, 2

It is time
to think hard

before we dig
before we cut
before we pave
before we plow
before we sow

before we use our
hands, our bulldozers, our
dynamite, our tractors,
our chainsaws

to make irreversible
alterations to the land.

It is time
to think hard

before we decide
what must be done
for our survival

to discover
whether we might
cause irrevocable
destruction to
our forests, rivers,
lakes, oceans,
plains, deserts

whether we might
be feeding, clothing,
moving ourselves
for a day, a week,
a month, a year

while poisoning our world
for centuries.

It is time
to think hard

of how we might

dig
cut
pave
plow
sow

carefully,

so that the
changes we
make

leave room
for survival.

 
 
 
 
 
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