The Enemy Revealed

Image Credit: Balaji Malliswamy

the veil, now lifted
the enemy is revealed
spending life racing
chasing the mighty dollar
failing to honor nature

but now that we’ve paused
we are seeing fresh beauty
in every green leaf
finally, we realize
earth was waiting for our fall

for we are, you see
our own baffling enemy
destroying the air
we breathe, the water we drink
killing ourselves with each act

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: When I saw this photo, I saw so much more than a crocodile, a predator. I saw all of nature, watching us as we destroy this beautiful earth. And now, we are paying the price with this disease. This earth and its creatures will be here long after we are gone.

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24 Comments on “The Enemy Revealed

  1. A powerful message, Linda, for all of us to hear. I feel like nature (I call her the mother goddess) has thrown down the gauntlet. I fear those in power will continue to destroy us all for the love of power and money. You’ve given us all so much food for thought. ❤

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  2. When I think of how much oxygen one tree produces in a lifetime, and how cavalierly people can chainsaw them down with no restriction, it makes me weep. A few years back, when I was still working, I was taking a kid home in a part of town I didn’t go to much. We came up to the corner where we needed to turn, and on one corner someone had come in and cut down every oak tree. The lot was full of pieces of tree. A massacre as horrific as any that has come before and since. We need to start protecting our trees! EVERY tree.

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  3. I so agree, Linda. Life is giving us a chance to reflect and, hopefully, mend our ways, as best we can at this late date.

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  4. The pandemic is such a clarifier of what is really going on. It isn’t economy versus human health — or it is, but that’s the front door — it’s a species of life tyrannizing and killing its world in greed of every nugget of gold it can extract. And guess what – nature always wins. Well done. Hope you bring something of the sort to Sherry’s protest challenge starting Monday – Brendan

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