Our skies are empty

More often now, the hollowed out
husk of the afternoon light is overlaid
with images of impending dystopia:
an earth that will not forget, a culling
that will not be kind, an aftermath
that will frighten its oracle. How long
does it take for a glacier to turn to
grass, for a forest to return to dust, for
life to exhaust all possibilities? Already
our skies are empty, our gods have
moved, telling stories of the ghosts
of the sixth extinction. The universe
shakes its head in amused disbelief.

 

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25 thoughts on “Our skies are empty

  1. “amused disbelief” at what we have done? or at the stories those gods now tell about them? Both, probably. I have read that dystopian novel so many times—sci-fi has tried to warn us all. The book of the sixth extinction has been written. You sum it all up here in “The skies are empty.”

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  2. Yes, how long will that culling take? How dreadful and complete? We have to sing it, and you do finely here. We are our own ghosts … And yes, the universe must be thinking — civilized sentience? Waste of a perfect living planet … Maybe we should give it to the hives.

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    1. Yes, it does seem stupid and counter-intuitive to destroy one’s own home… but doesn’t seem to be stopping us any! Thanks, Brendan and great job with the prompts. Forgot location again…next time for sure!

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  3. Yes, disbelief. Travelers from other realms would wonder if our entire citizenry has gone insane, so astonishing is our response to what is so clearly happening. Money meaning more to a handful of ghouls than planetary survival. Sigh. So well said, Rajani.

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  4. Lost my comment. Yes, disbelief. I feel it myself. Travelers from other realms would be astonished at our response – or lack of it – to what is so clearly happening. Money meaning more to a handfgul of ghouls than planetary survival. Sigh.

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  5. “How long does it take for a glacier to turn to grass?”
    Not as long as it used to?
    There has always been climate change but not at this rate of acceleration. Not in one’s lifetime.

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  6. You’ve managed to fit a great deal of beauty into this poem of sorrow, of the hollowness at the core of where we as a species are today. Yes, the earth has millennia left to get over us, and I can’t think that the universe is anything but mildly amused at the irony of our so-called intelligence being so enmeshed in stupidity, yet for those of us here to see it, it is full of tragedy. A fine write.

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  7. You write this with a pen of compassion and that speaks truth. I hope we never find out that answer and our planet continues to thrive.

    How long
    does it take for a glacier to turn to
    grass, for a forest to return to dust

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