I wrote this Monday night and performed it on Tuesday night at a packed Busboys & Poets for an Operation Ceasefire benefit. Definitely an awesome experience :-) I really liked that place- a lot, although its kinda weird witnessing gentrification before me. Regardless, the progressive bookstore, theater, cheap food, and free Wi-Fi makes it a tryst to not miss.
I would describe this poem as ecopoetry :-)
Its getting hotter in here,
The climate is changing, I know this to be true.
Its that kinda heat that evaporates the beads of morning dew
Its that kinda heat which allows AC to cool the select few.
Its that kinda heat that keeps the truth out of view,
Yet this change is not altogether new,
But its time to ponder what is causing the sky to change its hue.
Its time to ask what you going to do?
To use non-scientific parlance,
the world’s climate is severely out of balance.
Mother Nature is pissed and is giving us a mean glance,
And her demeanor is starting to take an aggressive b-boy stance,
To remedy this itâ€™s not going to take some amazing scientific advance,
Rather, it boils down to you snapping out of this not-my-problem trance.
The word I want you to remember is variability.
In your mind, make it synonymous with climatic agility.
Variability is means nothing is constant.
The variables are not X nor Y nor Phi, but U, I, and delta
The x-bar variation will not be the norm unless we undertake
comprehensive, systemic, omega reform.
Alas, technology is not going to save us,
it was actually technology that brought us to this mess,
and I must stress,
That we are living in an ecological double bind
and the severity will blow your mind.
We are chopping down more trees that can be regrown,
While we are also putting more CO2 into our atmosphere.
And in due time the results will be a few polluted shades from crystal
And without a way for the levels of C02 to be reduced,
Climatic variability is here to roost.
For the last 400,000 years the ambient CO2 levels had remained same,
About 300 parts per million would be the name,
The Industrial Revolution is the climate changing historical event to blame.
Itâ€™s an ongoing revolution that continues play its polluted game,
Hello heinous hurricanes and typical typhoons,
Hello category 5 tornadoes and torrential rain,
Hello record high temperatures, disastrous droughts,
The extremes are beginning to become the way of life.
This is going to lead to more pestilence, famine, and strife.
I’m sad to say that in less that 200 years,
the damage has already been already done,
and now my friends we get to revel in this climate change fun.
Mother Earth has won.
Its getting hotter in here,
Yes, the climate is changing, I know this to be true.
Its that kinda heat like a mirage that obstructs your view
Its that kinda heat which AC is able to cool the select few.
Yet its a change beginning in around 1850 that is not altogether new,
Its time to stop what is causing the sky to change its hue.
And it all starts with you.