THE GREAT TURNING
Our human race now squanders and degrades
The gifts our bounteous planet freely gives,
Oblivious of how its splendor fades,
A threat to every wondrous thing that lives.
Though the most promising of every kind,
The pinnacle of evolution’s trek,
We “Homo sapiens” have yet to find
The wisdom to avert a global wreck.
Let’s hope our present adolescent stage
Will be outgrown and new sagacity
Evolves to mollify our mad outrage
So we may learn sustainability—
Or better yet, that we may learn to nourish
Attitudes that make our planet flourish.