We do not own this planet

Whether trading in people, or land, or ‘stuff’ we continually delude ourselves that we own this planet that we live on. This accounts for all or misdemeanours, all the ill treatment of one another. The certainty that that which we abuse is ‘property’ which it most certainly is not.

the planet that we live on
allowed our lives to be
until we chose to trash it
and call it property

Fire was our first mistake
but warming were the flames
not knowing in our cleverness
we burned away our dreams

using fire we forced our land
behind a fence and wall
then fought hard for possession
of what was meant for all

then we created money
our busy’ness to allow
while destroying that very thing
on which our living drew

our population on the planet
was by pestilence unfazed
or wars that culled our numbers
and gods that made us crazed

now our world has had enough
and we must be got rid
we finally messed up our lease
and had eviction served

to be washed away by water
or fried by heated air
and poisoned by the fuels
we burned without a care

our planet has a fever
caused by humankind
and now can only cure itself
by leaving us behind.

And so we buy and sell people even now. True there are no visible slave markets. But we enslave ourselves and others to commerce and the delusion of infinite prosperity, and scrabble in the dirt to prove that that is so. In doing that we inflict misery on our own species and the other creatures who love here

co-author of The End of More, in paperback and kindle on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D0ADPFY email pagett.communications@blueyonder.co.uk

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