I worry about advancing age and where the path will lead me.
But that fades into nothingness.
I worry about fracking and open cut mining and deforestation.
And the world I leave to my grandsons.
I worry about the people up North,
Who can’t drink or bathe in their water,
Because it is polluted and burns their skin and causes illness.
I worry at the rise in still-born births in areas where mining is heaviest.
I worry about a government that sends minions in the dark of night,
To take families with babies to camps off shore where there is no help
No protection only chaos.
I worry that we have a government that does not care.
That has no compassion for the stateless, the sick, the elderly or the young with dementia.
I worry about a company that is paid millions in tax refunds
To a news agency who dictates what we see and hear in the media.
I worry that no one seems to care that the world is being torn apart,
Not simply by unjust laws, bigotry and discrimination;
But by Nature herself with earthquakes, cyclones, unseasonal weather.
I worry that the earth’s lubricants are being stripped and the plates are moving.
I worry that the planets lungs are being ravaged and destroyed.
I worry about the poisons poured into our fields,
Where we grow our food and seeping into the water table.
I worry that we are blind to the damage we are causing.
To the damage I am causing every day with our throw away style of living.
I worry we have no regard for the value of a life.
I worry that power and money are more important that human life or the life of this planet.
I worry that we have lost the understanding of the words sentient and compassion.
I worry we have forgotten what it is to be human.