Poem submitted after reading Save the Humans (5 Comments)
Alberta Tar Sands

Alberta Tar Sands

am I an idiot to care?

I’m told to save water on showers
on the garden, on flowers
to spend money on a low-flush tank
to wash the dishes by hand

while the city’s sprinklers go like rain
washing the pavement … all down the drain
those who use less will have to pay for
those who use more!

am I an idiot to care?

I’m told to save power, to wear more
to save heat, insulate roof and wall
I should buy a low-energy fridge
seal windows, doors … make the switch!

while the city and hydro complain
the streetlights keep burning into the day
our power gets sold to California
who does not pay …

am I an idiot to care?

I’m told to save gas, get a hybrid car
Walk to work, ride a bike … it isn’t far
plant trees and shrubs to slow the global warming …
instead of tar!

while the city clings to their decisions
wants four-lane roads and subdivisions
land cleared, paved fast, trees gone
big roofs burning into the sun!

am I an idiot to care?

I am told to be earthquate prepared, to store
get food and water, their kit, and more!
It’s a “when” we’re told and not an “if”
the earthquake hits!

While the city wants to change building codes
to promote business, which means more loads …
three levels … of rubble to fall
and bury us all!

am I an idiot to care?

imagine all the money could prevent, restore and do
for our future, air and water, nature, our children, me and you …

to destroy it all for temporary gain
if you ask me: is insane!

a grandmother

5 Responses to “Poem submitted after reading Save the Humans”

    1. Sara November 23rd, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Wow! That’s beautiful! And very, very true!

    1. Callan Wallace November 26th, 2012 at 1:41 am

      i think we are all idiots, but i don’t care i still care.

    1. Deborah Rosen January 20th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Love the poem. I wish more people did care. It saddens and appalls me the ignorance among us. But “I don’t care if it brings controversy…..I still care too!”

      Thank you for the poem!

    1. nick April 4th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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    1. nick April 4th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

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