Sunday, April 25, 2010

REQUIEM FOR EARTH

This piece is so typically Kurt Vonnegut.  It's from A Man Without a Country (2005)  I post this both in tribute to Vonnegut and also in light this month’s Earth Day observance.

The crucified planet Earth,
should it find a voice
and a sense of irony,
might now well say
of our abuse of it,
"Forgive them, Father,
They know not what they do."

The irony would be
that we know what
we are doing.

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
perhaps
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
"It is done."
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