The Night Before New Year

By Muriel Jarvis


‘Twas the night before New Year and all through the Earth

Billions had neglected their Planet’s true worth.

They’d plied their technology to try and repair

But damage from centuries had led to despair.


The values of humans had effectively consumed

All Mother Earth’s treasures, leaving no room

For insects and mammals and reptiles and birds,

And waters and soils were spent beyond words.


For centuries humans had acted like gods

Wielding our power to filch and defraud

Our planetary partners of all of their means,

To feed our own need for comfort and ease.


Then we enacted a day once a year

Earth Day we called it, and gave a loud cheer.

We’d finally focused on making a change

A critical launch, our values re arranged!


But one day a year is only a fraction,

Over three hundred others without any action

Will never amount to a great change of course,

As a matter of fact it had gotten much worse!


The number of people had surged and exploded

All wanting the good life for which they had voted,

With cars, big houses, heaps of food and stuff

And all of the trimmings – its never enough.


Then those with the factories were poised to supply

The articles that billions were wanting to buy,

 Which spawned greenhouse gasses that spread through the air

And fires and floods popped up everywhere.


But “Jobs and economy” were the cries of the nations

And never a thought to the Planet’s condition.

 “Plundering resources is part of Gods plan,

The planet’s a smorgasbord for the dominion of man!”


This foundational thinking that puts humans first

           Has led to the problem with which we are cursed.

Our belief systems see us as separate from nature,

The top of the heap –  the greatest in stature.


Yet we are dependent on all of Earth’s partners

The air and the animals, the woods and the waters.

Our interdependence with all living beings

Must now be the doctrine that gives our life meaning!


Don’t count on our technical marvels to mend

The harm that our self -centred values began.

Our grandchildren’s future is now in our hands

The change won’t be easy – we must take a stand.


Transforming our systems to lessen our footprint

And shifting our values – all part of the blueprint.

And revering Mother Earth, as Earthans we must

To safeguard our future – in our Planet we trust!


 Which brings us to now, when so much is at stake

We have some important decisions to make.

As we ponder tomorrow, our lives to arrange,

Is it the night before tragedy – or the night before CHANGE!

The Night Before New Year
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