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2019-08-25
Newsletter 212 - When The Earth Burned by Nikita Gill


“Where were you when the earth burned?”

they will ask, and we will explain to them

about Brexit and Trump and Fake News

and billionaires and corporate taxes and big oil

and how it wasn’t just the earth burning,

but also Afghanistan and Syria and Yemen

and Kashmir and Sudan were bleeding too

and the ice caps were melting

and the coral reef was dying

and the tigers and leopards

and elephants were going extinct

and of course, so many of us were fighting

but the well of truth was poisoned

and how no one believed their eyes

or pictures or scientists anymore,

How does one fight monsters

when there are an eternity of them

to fight, we promise, we promise, we tried.

 

“Where were you when the earth burned?”

they will ask, and we will hold our hands out,

hold theirs and say, “we too, like you,

were hoping, praying, wishing…

and just trying to survive.”

When The Earth Burned, Nikita Gill

 


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