Borrowing a Star

I look back at the past

and laugh at those responsible for this

havoc in the making: stars brought to Earth

in one, ITER human-cemented boom

prepared to arrive in 2010, 2012, 2015…

Who gazed up at the sky– after twenty years

their time– and dared ask, “Why not more?”

Until our stomachs grumbled for but the smallest

loaf of bread, to remind us of our humility

for a change.  And yet we always return

to open pockets, bills running ramped

to cash registers, to political houses, to an infant’s

untainted lips, to a mother’s breast weeping–

when will someone, in twenty years time,

wonder “Why us?  Why not change, now?”

February 24, 2014

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