What do you say to your child when they ask…
Will we all die because of climate change?
When all the ice bergs melt… will we drown?
What do you say?
What do you say when he asks…
Is anyone going to fix this planet?
He’s ten and he gets it…
No one wants to know
Banks need bail outs
The car industry must be helped
India needs our uranium… why?
To build more unstable power plants
Quivering on a shore waiting for the next catastrophe
Gay marriage is on the agenda…why is that one so damn hard?
Say I do… and be done with it
There are diseases on the way with the next heatwave
While mining companies explore for coal seam gas
On a mining site the size of only half a basket ball court
That’s it… half a basketball court…not much really
And that’s the only fact they’re willing to share
As cattle graze peacefully around the pipes
How’s the serenity? How low impact…above ground anyway
The facts are unknown about the artesian water base
No one seems to know or care because….
Economy booming…future food source…ah…uncertain
Short term gains with long term question marks hanging
From environmental impact statements yet to be completed
Or started, but we’ll explore anyway
We’ll start building ports near environmentally sensitive areas
Makes sense…you know
Rusted hulled ships hovering over reefs just a rip away from spilling their guts
Rip up some mangroves… one of the neglected saviours of this planet
If one looked deeply…only not too deep…there just might be an answer
WE don’t want to hear
Minerals need exporting, unexplained marine deaths in harbours
Need no government enquiry
While everyone sits…scared of taking a side
In case the feathered nest gets uncomfortable
Human turtles encased in golden shells stick their necks out for no one
Reaping the rewards that they can’t take with them when they leave
Soon enough…without a care for even their own children or grand children
While the mighty Murray calls out for its water to flow freely
If it dies so do their livelihoods
There’s a word…diversify…humans can…businesses do…
They just run dry
My son asked me these questions yesterday, and I wondered just how to answer them and ended up writing this poem. For dversepoets open mic