Environmental Ethics V

We eat what we have made
A burning repast of steel, coal, oil, aluminum and innocent
flesh and bone
We eat and laugh and laud abundance
in clever circulatory ways
We move the dials of speed and of time
making light of eternity and of vastness
We are larger than the largest
Our grand freedom has enchained the world
We are bad children
who will never escape Mother
Even now her slow smoldering hands reach out
to scorch and to smother our rebellious nonchalance

See Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

Dan Corjescu teaches at the University of Tübingen's "Studium Professionale" program. Read other articles by Dan.