We're an experiment, I think.
A failed one, it may be; the end
Has not been told. If we can send

A spaceship to the moon, or link
The people of the world by phone,
Or stretch the limits of what's known

To science with our cleverness,
Then why can't we protect the place
That's home to all the human race?

The plants and animals we stress
Beyond their breaking point... will seal
Our fate, if we don't help them heal.

Perhaps Neanderthals would rest
More lightly on the ground's warm breast.
The Sapiens are not so wise,
Abusing land and sea and skies.

©2020 Michael Fraley

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