for Duane Elgin
Since life on Earth seems destined to advance,
How may our sapient species next enhance
Our course of evolution and grow wise—
That latency we’ve yet to realize?
What aptitude do we most need to nourish
For humankind at last to fully flourish?
Our very name shows how we are inclined,
And yet our history’s more cruel than kind.
Sapience being more sought for than achieved,
We pray from folly now to be reprieved
And from those deadly sins that do us in
So a blest era may at last begin:
When we shall see the long-wished-for result
That human beings have finally grown adult.