An ode to a complex world methinks
Is a wink to an over wrought bubble
Because as entitlement assumes its throne
Nature will render those kingdoms to rubble.
It need not be so but will be
Because humans of greed are blind
As fragile egos absolve their humility
Their wickedness and dismissiveness aligned.
So what for the common man or woman
To respond in defiant strides of opposition
To lifestyles and consumption beyond sustainable
When our esteemed leaders abrogate tradition.
Of cultures long refined and satisfactory
That have evolved and matured as worthwhile
Only to be sidelined by technology and convenience
In the pursuit of progress, of advantage, of guile.
Instead we discover that the old is now new
That our families, our communities, our self-respect matter
That our greater good is superior to the ascendant celebrity
And we are glad when the evil empires shatter.
Time now to navigate the ships across chunky seas
As if this journey will portend our loved ones’ destiny
Precious is our cargo, our mission, our need to arrive
In time, intact, integrated in a spacious future serenity.
We thank you from our future location
We thank you for sacrificing then
As the best of your forebears had done too
We thank you for rising again