Thoughts at the End of Empire
- It’s possible future generations will destroy
- our art, literature, music, film,
- and corporations, in bitterness
- for allowing ecosystem collapse,
- and mistrust for how many leaders
- were distracted, apathetic, selfish,
- ignorant, or insane with money and power.
- It’s possible future generations will redefine
- family, community, work, value, happiness,
- life, dirt, success.
- It’s possible education will change
- from locking children in boxes
- to getting them outside in tide pools,
- rivers, creeks, deserts, mountains
- and their community of remaining
- mammals, birds, fish, amphibians,
- invertebrates, reptiles, plants, trees.
- It’s also possible, based on our collective
- behavior, there won’t be future generations.
How We Stopped Corporate Psychopaths from Cooking Planet Earth
For Mary DeMocker
- We planted trees everywhere at once.
- Facebook posted only the words “Go outside.”
- “Destroy Your Television Day” grew more popular
- than Xmas and the 4th of July.
- Children of execs saw themselves as global citizens
- and despite every temptation and distraction
- disowned their wayward parents.
- ExxonMobil became BlueOrbSolar.
- Each country committed to saving
- one thing from extinction — them.
- People wondered why it took so long.
- When I complain to the old man
- about rising gas prices,
- he says “I want $10 a gallon.”
- “Why?” is the obvious question.
- “Because I love birds,” he says.
- At the time, I thought him insane
- but now I think most everyone else is.
Scott T. Starbuck is a poet/activist. His books are Industrial Oz: Ecopoems, noted by Bill McKibben as “rousing, needling, haunting,” Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems, available at Fomite Press (preferred) and Amazon.
Starbuck is a co-creative writing coordinator at San Diego Mesa College, was a Friends of William Stafford Scholar at the “Speak Truth to Power” Fellowship of Reconciliation Seabeck Conference, an Artsmith Fellow on Orcas Island, writer-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and 2016 PLAYA climate-change resident in poetry. His ecoblog, Trees, Fish, and Dreams, with audio poems, is at riverseek.blogspot.com.