Posts Tagged ‘climate change’

The Tide is High

September 7, 2017

The seas will not creep
a stalking predator crouched low
patiently and steadily advancing
ever higher
up our shores
to the contrary
it will rise to the skies
circling grim potential
fiercely falling upon us
in one
vulture-hungry cry to claim
the fresh and easy corpse of our land
our cities, our industry
farms and homes
shall be made the ocean’s own
and all denial of the water’s
heated supremacy
will be the burbling bubbles
of last gasped, drowned ignorance
bursting through the surface
a dead cry
at low tide

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Happier Lands for All

August 31, 2017

I’d rather the country die
going broke
feeding the hungry and
healing the sick
than lowering taxes

I’d rather the country die
while preserving public lands
than scraping and bowing
to corporate interests

I’d rather the country die
making all its people stronger
than scapegoating skin color
for poverty and crime rates

I’d rather the country die
working to make the world better
than becoming a beast of greed
and science-denying
global destruction
driven by economic ideology

I’d rather the country die
than monstrously live

Science and the White Supremacist

January 26, 2017

Western Man, or if you prefer, Europeans and people of European descent, do possess, tenuously, something of which to be proud. It is the West’s greatest gift to the world. Science, the scientific outlook and method is distinctly and uniquely of the West, but the world is its universal home.

Science adheres to irreducible and stubborn facts gained through observation. These facts are passed along from generation to generation within our Universities. This is the pride of the West, specifically, of Western Europe. This is what the West has to be proud of, but white supremacists, the vain descendants of these Europeans, take no pride in Newton, in Vesalius, in Galileo, in Kepler, or Giordano Bruno. Instead they opt to be proud of their heritage, but if their heritage is not science, its irreducible and stubborn facts and their transmission through the generations by the Universities, then what is it?

For them, it’s something so nebulous and genetically fleeting as the color of their skins. It is the conquering war-like spirit of their pre-scientific ancestors: Vikings, Teutons, Saxons, Gauls. They take pride in the ancient parochial squabbles of ignorant savages, in violence, in death, in war, in the type of petty human bickering that was to found the world over.

White supremacists are not proud of the renaissance. They are not proud of scholarly institutions. Rather, they attack Universities regularly for a variety of imagined transgressions, which includes the teaching of science itself. All they are proud of is their pallid complexions.

More than not taking pride in the West’s great gift to the world… the West’s gift to the East… they actively reject science. They reject the irreducible and stubborn facts of scientific observation and posit “alternative facts.” White supremacy’s denial of science includes denying the efficacy of vaccines in preventing disease, denying the hand of man in the alarming climate change rapidly overtaking the planet, denying the genetic, paleontological, geological and comparative anatomical evidence of all life on Earth’s shared biological origin. This denial of the one thing they possess, tenuously, of which to be proud, while simultaneously romanticizing their warrior ancestors in the hallmark of a delusional people on an ideological crusade. And ideologies fail (for example, take Communism and Facsism… please!)

With science we all win, but for the white supremacist the benefits of science are too egalitarian, and for that, they’d rather no one benefit.

I do take heart; however, that their mean irrationality and rejection of facts and evidence will be their undoing, just as it was the undoing of their savage ancestry that they worship so.

(If this post distresses you, then please, do not allow it to do so. I vow my cockamamie poetry shall return on the ‘morrow!)

Saguaro Overlords

September 6, 2016

The word they call it is “drought”
the word they use to describe it
is “historic,” but what
do the Tuareg call it
as they roam ceaselessly the Sahara
they need no word for “drought”
they need no descriptive terms
to classify what kind of “drought”
they are experiencing
because drought is their experience
“it is” as the kids say “what it is”
that is their life
all they know
the desert to roam
and so to too soon
will we wonder at what words
once were
deemed needed
in those great old days of rain

The Last Supper

March 1, 2016

Seed, soil and hydrological cycle
one sprout from starvation
from total global catastrophic
crop failure
a farmer’s calloused hands
a bio-engineered miracle
we bank on them
to fill the grocery tins
with beets and beans and boiled
heat and serve potatoes
when the beating of life
gets to be too much to peal
permanent expectations of plenty
one rain drop away from disillusionment
one tear drop too many
fallen on salted earth
the empty market baskets
brought home to children
too sick and gone
to understand
the cloudless sky
that keeps its rain only
far out to sea
as parents serve plates
of dust and dead tree bark
a day away
from serving their children
to themselves

Witch’s Oven

July 26, 2015

ignorance renders the first amendment irrelevant
without education
its purpose flounders
its aim off-center, untrue, sinful
a misinformed people
served distortions and lies
cannot distinguish differences
between facts and hearsay
conjecture and logic
worse still
is the disservice done the public
when deliberate fabrication and exaggeration
are the agenda-driven goal
of entire industries
whose single-minded mission
of profit
does not permit questions of ethics
to interfere
with the shareholder’s desired ends
they will deny sound scientific research
squash inquiry and investigation
to fortify their positions
against an increasingly hostile reality
that grants no asylum to fantasy
they will promote politicians and policy
to perpetuate their mendacious acquisition
of power
but their path ever-narrows
as the wilds encroach
to reclaim the well-worn ways
and hack as they might
swinging futilely the machete
truth will devour their bread crumbs
and they
will find themselves a lost as all of us
this shrinking island of humanity
dreaming of the days
when crops never failed
children did not cry nightly in hunger
cash mattered more than calories
and we will crave what was once ours by right
that lost feast of falsehoods
that once sustained us
and kept us blissfully secure
believing everything would be okay
be okay, be okay…

Global Goating

January 25, 2015

Weather vanes spin inward on man
always at the center
like the goat in the middle
of the circle jerk
bleating its terrible ignorance
as the gleets of white rain
settle and insinuate
into the wool

Message in a Bottle

December 15, 2014

Universalize your actions
imagine all
behaving, acting
doing as you do
I think this was Kant
how he perceived
a moral world ought to be measured
you are the yardstick
that’s right
you
you miserly asshole
you self-obsessed cunt
you hateful fuck
you can’t justify
you just keep on keeping on
watching Fox News
listening to Rush radio
shopping at Wal-Mart
eating fast food
wearing sweat shop shoes
donning white hoods
voting Republican
ignoring facts
shitting and pissing and belching and bitching
what a world you’re making
thanks, thanks a lot
I thank you
my son thanks you
future generations thank you
for to them
your selfish heartlessness today
is a message in a bottle
a clear moral choice
and a lesson in reasonable justice
to crush and kill your kind on sight

The Best

June 2, 2014

Optimistically
the best we can possibly hope for
is that we have descendants
and they despise us
consider us ignorant savages
a destructive cruel-hearted ancestry
that against the odds
they managed to survive and escape
this is my desperate dream for the future
our greatest hope
is for our heirs to hate us
to revile our legacy
spit on our memory
and piss on our graves
please, may this come to pass
it is the only option
if humanity is going to make it

Because They’re So Darn Dumb

January 24, 2014

Initially, you react well
because this is denial:
Arrogance, Bemusement, Careless indifference
it distracts; it’s easy
you’re feelin’ fine
giddy with your sense of superiority
high-flying over others’
irrational worries
you jest and scoff
but this is crass self-indulgence
your belief in secret knowledge
for that too is denial: conspiracy,
possession of access
to a clearer vision of reality
you plug up your ears
against expert opinion
against theories that are just
theories
denial is a way to feel special
to laugh at stupid friends
sneer at scientific facts
evidence – what’s that
scientists are liars
and they’re always changing their minds about stuff
whereas you hold
in your hands
word – inerrant and eternal
the wisdom of the ages
and it’s been around for damn near 2,000 years
if science is so smart
then why didn’t it ever think
to just open up the right book?