It’s apparently from a 2003 film named Go Further that curiously slipped my I must watch all films that have a green message radar. Anyway, I came across it on Facebook via Occupy Love and was so awestruck I thought I’d share it. Appropriate for Earth Day methinks.
I sometimes feel like an alien creature
for which there is no earthly explanation
Sure I have human form
walking erect and opposing digits,
but my mind is upside down.
I feel like a run-on sentence
in a punctuation crazy world.
And I see the world around me
like a mad collective dream.
An endless stream of people
move like ants from the freeway
cell phones, pc’s, and digital displays
“In Money We Trust,”
we’ll find happiness
the prevailing attitude;
like a genetically modified irradiated Big Mac
is somehow symbolic of food.
Morality is legislated
religion is incorporated
the profit-motive has permeated all activity
we pay our government to let us park on the street
And war is the biggest money-maker of all
we all know missile envy only comes from being small.
Politicians and prostitutes
are comfortable together
I wonder if they talk about the strange change in the weather.
This government was founded by, of, and for the people
but everybody feels it
like a giant open sore
they don’t represent us anymore
And blaming the President for the country’s woes
is like yelling at a puppet
for the way it sings
Who’s the man behind the curtain pulling the strings?
A billion people sitting watching their TV
in the room that they call living
but as for me
I see living as loving
and since there is no loving room
I sit on the grass under a tree
dreaming of the way things used to be
which of course is before the rivers and oceans,
and skies were polluted
before Parkinson’s, and mad cows
and all the convoluted cacophony of bad ideas
like skyscrapers, and tree paper, and earth rapers
like Monsanto and Dupont had their way
as they continue to today.
This was Pre-us
back when the buffalo roamed
and the Indian’s home
was the forest, and God was nature
and heaven was here and now
Can you imagine clean water, food, and air
living in community with animals and people who care?
Do you dare to feel responsible for every dollar you lay down
are you going to make the rich man richer
or are you going to stand your ground
You say you want a revolution
a communal evolution
to be a part of the solution
maybe I’ll be seeing you around.
Coca-cola: Apart from it being a very unhealthy drink that totally rots your pearly whites (yes even diet coke), the company also partakes of some crafty activity of a socially irresponsible nature pertaining to India’s water supplies, which results in inconveniences such as pollution, water shortages and toxic waste. And did you know that in 2004 coca-cola used 283 billion litres of water to make its product? When you consider the many millions of people who can barely find enough water to get them through a single day, for a company to have the freedom to take so much of this dear Earth’s water in order to produce a crap product and then sell it on to the Western world in tin cans has got to be an unbeatably gross injustice. And by the way, to add insult to human injury, they waste two thirds of the water they take.
Caterpillar: Caterpillar sell bulldozers to Israel who then use said bulldozers to trample all over the homes of Palestinians. I know my boycott won’t be very effective seeing as I’m not likely to ever buy or even hire one of their bulldozers but I can boycott them symbolically, as a gesture of support towards the Palestinians who are being entirely and brutally settled upon by the Israeli’s without so much as an excuse me please, may we join you? The lovely, courageous Rachel Corrie was killed in Gaza eight years ago by an Israeli army Caterpillar bulldozer while trying to defend the Palestinians whose homes were being destroyed by the Israeli settlers.
Harrods: Again a symbolic gesture in that they won’t miss me much because I’ve hardly been a devout customer having only ever been there twice with my parents when I was a young girl. My dad paid a silly amount of money for a teddy bear that I begged for one Christmas and I lost it on the beach in Wales the following Summer. I was gutted. My dad was furious. Well the Harrods teddy line may be sweet and cuddly and harmless but their real fur collection is built on cruelty and exploitation. Harrods is the only department store in Britain that still stocks fur products. Many thousands of animals are tortured and killed in order to supply Harrods with its fur products. The animal rights issue is seen as a mis-prioritisation by some people who believe it’s impossible to care about human rights and animal rights but the way I see it, exploiting animals for reasons of vanity and cosmetics is wrong and will always be wrong. And gasp! Yes, I care about humans too.
Bluefin tuna: Bluefin tuna is critically endangered on account of our overfishing. There’s a global call to have the sale of bluefin banned and predictably, Japan is going to ignore it, saying it would “hunt as a matter of principle” Japan will blatantly disregard the most endangered label. It’s not the hunting I’m against. As a species, humans have to eat too. But we have to use sustainable methods. Humans are the only species that takes more they need to survive and in doing so, we disharmonise the whole food chain thus disenfranchising other species and pushing them into extinction. And in any case, it’s not for survival. It’s for profit.
Zoos/Marine Parks: A trainer was killed recently by an Orca whale while performing circus acts. I’m genuinely sympathetic towards the trainer and her loved ones but really, think about it, huge killer whales in goldfish bowls, captive, having to perform circus tricks daily for their supper. It’s not hard. Same can be said for zoo animals.
That’s it for now. Tune in next week to see the top 100 greatest corporate swindles. If I can be bothered.
I’ve just finished reading Helen‘s wonderful poetry book entitled Better With Friends. Poetry is subjective but even the toughest person couldn’t fail to be moved by such a collection of moving and thought-provoking poems.
Helen writes beautifully and has an ability to interpret the world in a lyrical and compassionate way and although her Christian spirituality often comes through in through her writing, it’s not preachy or self-righteous. It’s gentle, tender and unintrusive.
Having a ballet-dancing daughter, one of my favourite poems is Rookie at the Barre but all the poems included in the book stir my emotions in one way or another and it’s hard to choose a favourite. Another one that stands out is Eulogising Rosa, a poem about Rosa Parks – the woman who dared to defy racism. There’s also Then I Wander and Charmed by the Music, both wonderful. Then there’s Where the Reverie is Apt to Lead which is in my view, quite simply stunning.
A wonderful book. I am cherishing my signed copy. Thanks Helen.