I am the ruling virus
That now strikes fear in you
My armies come in numbers
beyond your means to know

I’ve allowed you all to live here
for a million years or more
you’ve abused my hospitality
and all others in my care

You are now a problem
To others you oppress
But I have come as guardian
Of those you dispossess

Creatures that you try to own
need their freedom too
I won’t allow your avarice
to renounce perfection’s due

The smallest critters here with me
have rights that you deny
not for you to use as food
And on your plate to die

Now they’ve reared against you
with a little help from me
And given you diseases
From which you’ll ne’er be free

despite my every warning
you’ve cared not for my land
You’ve polluted every inch of it
In waving profit’s wand

You may not steal my Earth
and use it as you please
to widely loot and burn it
and think to take your ease

When you crowded in too close
I cut your numbers down
Hoping that you’d quickly learn
My world is yours on loan

the great machines you built
to give immortal ride
were just what I needed
To spread death’s legions wide

So look far around you now
across the lands you’ve sown
you could not stop invasion
of what you think to own

There is where your food will rot
As your machines begin to die
they’ll not keep you all alive
When I’ve cut your fuel supply

As I ran dark across your land
my warnings went unheeded
For centuries I’ve showed
the power of my diseases

I had to stop you in your tracks
no more despoil allowed
the other creatures in my care
were hid in corners cowed

Your gods might seem to sate
your endless appetites
but my world of grim reality
does not allow such rights

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