Poem: We Must Not Turn Away NaPoWriMo #19

When we don’t talk about species dying off,

It’s an elephant in the room

When we ignore air pollution,

It’s a haze of confusion

When we laugh and joke over a glass of wine

But never discuss the honeybees’ decline

It’s a line too fine

We need the wisdom of the owl

To stop fouling our nest

We need the ingenuity

Of Ananse

To unravel life’s mysteries

We need the kindness

Of the porpoise

To make peace in the world

We need the strength of rhinos

To avoid the fate of the dinos

When we hear the cries

We must not turn away

 

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About the Poem:

I have a problem with new age positivity people who preach optimism, and I am often one of them.

But really people, we need to wake the fuck up, acknowledge the damage being done and come up with some massively different approaches. That’s going to take communication skills, science, compassion and urgent action. None of these are actually seen as polite in most conversations. And that’s a shame. We need to figure out how to talk about this stuff and get on with retooling our approach to the world.

An interesting, short article about apocalyptic anxiety

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-relating-existing/201210/climate-change-narcissism-denial-apocalypse

Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150623-sixth-extinction-kolbert-animals-conservation-science-world/