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I leave to you a world

In nineteen years of blogging encompassing several teenage years, I’ve written surprisingly few angsty poems.

Tonight, gazing at my infant son and mulling over many news stories reflected in this depressing XKCD comic on climate change, I decided I was overdue space for one such (warranted) poem.

I dedicate this to my son and all the children–current and future–to whom older generations leave mere echoes of the natural majesty we hungrily eroded.

I leave to you a world

I leave to you a world
Less full of nature’s magnificence,
For my generation and its forebears
Favored wealth above all else
(Including you),
Sacrificing the intangible future–
Your future–
For its immediate tangible gains

I leave to you a world
Where provable fact is
Dismissed as “opinion”
Because it’s easier to change one’s mind
Than try to change
The world

I leave to you a world
Warmed by human greed
Such that damage now done
And underway, without prospect
Of adequate address
(Which first demands recognition),
Will leave fewer resources
For more people

I leave to you a world
In which you might choose
To forego the joys of greeting
Your own children,
Knowing the earth
Might not sustain
Their children

I leave to you this world,
Wishing I could give you better;
Wishing that we adults–
For do we not, laughably,
Demand respect as your wisers?–
Thought more about
What to leave for you
And less about what to take
For ourselves

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  1. June 11, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Human Relationships.

  2. nicciattfield
    June 11, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I think that’s a very perceptive and insightful poem. We really do find it harder to change our patterns of being and thinking sometimes, and I’m trying to understand why.

  3. June 12, 2014 at 12:47 am

    I leave you a world of thanks
    For articulating the fears of many.

  4. June 12, 2014 at 3:55 am

    An eloquent poem that should not stop here—please send it on to environmental organizations, so that they may use it. It says in a few beautiful words what is unbelievable, yet true. As nicciattfield wrote, it’s hard to understand why we don’t change our habits when we know what is happening. Sometimes things seem hopeless, and sometimes hopeful. Thanks for writing and sharing this, Deb. Please, please send it on to spread the word.

  5. June 12, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Sadly beautiful!

  6. June 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I wish we could joyously end this, maybe leave it with.. I leave to you hope

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