Year after year

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 7:54pm

They look on as her lush, green fields are plowed over 

Year after year, she works hard to provide the animals a place to graze

 

They look on as her freshwater is contaminated by the Keystone pipeline, affecting minority communities

Year after year, she cleans and recycles the water to provide humans with nutrients to flourish 

 

They look on as her tall, brown trunks are ripped from the ground

Year after year, she tries to regrow those trunks for the air to be rich with oxygen

 

They look on as her deep blue waves are trashed with plastics and garbage floating everywhere 

Year after year, she pushes and pulls these waves to help the humans move their cargo

 

They look on as her delicate sky is fogged with fumes and chemicals 

Year after year, she provides the world with her sunny skies or rain to soothe a drought 

 

She looks on as they build all over her land, replacing the greenery with dark black roads

She looks on as they kill off her animals, using them for decor or clothing 

She looks on as they fight each other, killing the innocent and torturing the rest

She looks on as they slowly change her world from green and blue to death and despair 

 

Year after year, we take advantage of everything she has provided us with

Her land, her water, her animals, her air, her sky, her mountains, and her valleys

 

Soon, she will grow tired of replenishing us with all of her gifts

 

And then year after year, we will mourn the loss of what we used to have 

And then year after year, we will reminisce about the times she had provided us with all of her beauty 

And then year after year, we will live to see our future die, right in front of our eyes