They watch with apathy as the rivers run dry
and ancient trees are fallen, depleting earth’s oxygen.
When toxic plastics fill the bellies of majestic beasts
who wash ashore sickened, bloating and dying.
Innocent wild animals hunted to extinction
to hang on a trophy wall as proof of strength.
Though some may grieve over wrenching scenes
I ask you, what will it take for us to bring change,
to build a bridge across the dis-eased void of
these inhumane beliefs — why don’t they see?
This planet was here long before
we humans ever came to be
full of mysterious incredible creatures,
living in balance and harmony
yet man today seems to think
that we are the superior ones
but from what I see–
Earth our home, once beautiful and pure
is now overrun with poisonous greed
that drives every thought, motive, and deed.
©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg
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