On earth,

Having grown and evolved to be able to love and to hate,

To invent various gods and demons,

Having fought and thought till energy spent,

Having in their growing and evolving cut down the trees,

Messed up the water, extracted alcohol and toxic juices

From earth and weed and wood—


They turned inward,

Thinking, thinking

That their condition had grown and evolved,

Only to wake once more on ocean’s shore.


--June 27, 2013