Aluminum, plastic, cigarette butts
Decorate a dusty Texas town
A beer can hits my windshield,
Flung from a monster truck
Exhaust billows like a smokestack
Met with scoffs, my raised concern
“My hard-earned dollars ain’t goin’ no tree-huggin’ recycle program.”
Well, let me say that mine will come with me
Along with a degree, laboratory technology
To greener places, to Washington University
In an effort not to flee, but with the knowledge I can be
An environmental scientist
Tired of watching in silence
Humans taking, not replacing
Gorillas hit the gas when they see a girl,
The noise enough to drown the sound
Of a dying planet’s plea – STOP THE MADNESS.
You think I’m exaggerating, overreacting
Until you watch a man hit and run a puppy
With purpose – “well it was in his goddamn way.”
There are many in this world who care less
For stewardship and sparrows
Than getting to the Sunday service
On time, latte in hand, smile on face.
But you won’t see me smiling, because I know
Ignorance ain’t bliss – it’s a DEATH WISH.
So I’ll embark on an education for growth
Not waste, not wreckage, not ruin
Of the wildlife, the resources
The science that sustains us -
Not here to entertain us.
Star to star, dust to dust -
This is my return on the investment.
This is how I’ll show the universe I care.