Mother! I’m so sorry for humanity’s disrespect
I don’t blame you for getting so upset,
With our cruelty, greed and thoughtless acts.
We gave you very little choice but to react.
I knew that things were really getting out of hand
With so much rape and pillaging of your land
Not to mention all the plastics in your seas
And the near extinction of our native bees
You tried to warn us with rages of fire and flood
Hoping we’d listen to a little toughened love.
But all we did was cry about our livelihoods
And how we had no access to services and goods.
If only we had heeded your wisdom and advice
About no more fighting and trying harder to be nice!
Now our human nature has caused a monstrous disaster
Leaving you no choice but to show us who’s master!
So, whilst most of us are self-isolating, at home.
Fear-less animals are exploring gardens, free to roam.
Now, your body is no longer under toxic pressure.
The city air is much cleaner and a whole lot fresher.
I truly hope that when this pandemic is finally over.
Humanity will learn that global greed isn’t clever.
We must understand that this planet is just ours, on loan
And promise Mother, every day, to do better and atone.
This may make difficult reading for some people but I hope many will agree that when this pandemic is over, our future survival is dependent on our willingness to change the way we live.
For Margaret. X