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Here are a couple of powerful poems from Lewes XR member James Meek which look at the climate and environmental emergency in the context of Covid-19.
COVID 19 – ‘WHAT IS THIS LIFE?’
We now have time to stand and stare
And contemplate how much we care,
How much we care about this Earth
Which nested us and gave us birth;
This lone inhabitable world
In which our rich lives are en-curled.
We still have time to, if we please,
Restrict this world to 2 degrees
Of warming, as the warnings say,
But this we have to do today.
For Covid 19 stalls our lives
And plays roulette with whom survives.
A lesson, ‘less we fail to care;
We have no time to stand and stare.
©JamesPMeek April 2020
Two thousand years ago or so
A good man – God man, some claim –
Told Mankind hard truths about its nature;
How greed and power unchecked can, like a virus,
Deftly, swiftly, rot the very fabric of society
And warp the weft of human interaction.
He bore a crown of thorns in suffering for the world –
A symbol of our sins transfigured on his brow.
In these two thousand years or so
Man’s nature stole his words, corrupted them,
And used them as a slave of power and greed,
Creating this society of waste and want.
But now a virus deftly, swiftly slips along
The warp and weft of human interaction.
We fear our virus crowns and suffer round the world –
A symbol of our sins transfigured here and now.
©JamesPMeek , March 2020
Take a trip to our Sussex coastline with Alinah Azadeh in the year 2053 here
Read Dinah Lee Morgan’s thoughtful writing on coronavirus and the climate emergency here.