Earth’s Eye (Written February 27)

Earth’s Eye


And what is Earth’s eye,

That sees what is to come,

Or tongue, that tastes


Of ashes, or heart,

That grieves the wastes

Of yesterday?


What ruin, from here

To China, awaits

The coming generation?


What forest, stripped

Bare, unfit for veneration?

What ocean, overheated,


Acidic, a dead zone

For animals cheated

of sanctuary?


What parched land,

What polluted tributary,

What dying lake,


What city, smothered

In filth, to make

Still more cars


For the insatiable road?

What faulty thinking mars

This creature’s going forth?

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