“Barn’s burnt down, now I can see the moon.”- Mizuta Masahide
As each day brings more death and we find ourselves
In the midst of this voracious disease,
I can’t help but wonder what put us in this place
One theory is a bat bit a live animal
In a wet market in China
And from that defining moment in time
The virus spread from animal to human
The more I ponder this sci-fi scene
The more I begin to know and believe
Could this be Mother Nature
In the only way she knows
Leveling the playing field?
If you think about this, it makes sense
Because nature by design
Is based on order and balance
And mankind has been tipping
The world in our favor for much too long
And yet, we haven’t listened
Or heeded the warning signs
We’ve kept on cutting down verdant lush forests
The very lungs of this planet
Polluting earth’s soil, our lakes, oceans, and streams
Destroying living creatures and their habitats,
Leaving them to adapt or face a sure extinction
So, what if?
What if this poor harmless bat, had by our own hand,
Been driven from the only home he had known
And was only trying to survive and feed his family?
Is he to blame and the cause of all our misery or are we?
Will we open our eyes and see ~ accept our culpability?
©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg
dVerse Poets Pub: Poetics- Now I can See
Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page