Letter to Someone Living Fifty Years from Now • National Poetry Month
Letter to Someone Living Fifty Years from Now
Most likely, you think we hated the elephant, the golden toad, the thylacine and all variations of whale harpooned or hacked into extinction.
It must seem like we sought to leave you nothing but benzene, mercury, the stomachs of seagulls rippled with jet fuel and plastic.
You probably doubt that we were capable of joy, but I assure you we were.
We still had the night sky back then, and like our ancestors, we admired its illuminated doodles of scorpion outlines and upside-down ladles.
Absolutely, there were some forests left! Absolutely, we still had some lakes!
I’m saying, it wasn’t all lead paint and sulfur dioxide. There were bees back then, and they pollinated a euphoria of flowers so we might contemplate the great mysteries and finally ask, “Hey guys, what’s transcendence?”