I just wrote a post–
An Earth Day post–
It wasn’t the least; it wasn’t the most
It wasn’t the strangest this network would host
Just an Earth Day post, in rhyme.
I clicked on “submit”
It didn’t do shit
This wasn’t the first time, I have to admit
It wasn’t, but still, it disturbed me a bit
And it bothered me more, this time.
We’ve all got our beefs
Our private beliefs
Our *something*, the source of our personal griefs
For me, it is when the computer’s the thief
So the work that I’ve done disappears.
I forgot to click “save”
So my post misbehaves
“Your connection is lost” was the message it gave
Seems it vanished from earth, without even a wave,
So it never will bother your ears.
And the corals will die
And the people will cry
With a frightened majority wondering “why?”
Cos a few are paid well to dispose and deny
(you could follow the money, you know!)
And mere decades from now
We’ll be wondering how
We’ve arrive at a planet that none would allow
Though our personal blame we will each disavow
For the choices we’d made long ago.
Frustrating. I had composed an Earth Day post (actually, a repost of something from some time ago, with new comments), and when I went to post it, my local wifi connection was dead. For whatever reasons, that post had not auto-saved, and when I looked for it in my browser history, I got a new, blank box instead.
So I wrote this.
We don’t (well, *I* don’t) hit save until we are reminded to by losing something, and of course by then sometimes it is too late. We don’t (well, *I* don’t) do preventative maintenance, we wait until something is broken enough that it demands our attention, then try to fix it after it is likely too late.
We’ve broken our planet. It’s just that we’ve done it so gradually that those of us with the means to make a difference have not been, ourselves, hurt. And we have people making serious bank denying it–a profitable path in the short term, but unsustainable. Short term profits, though, are tantalizing.
Save your work. Fix your car. Behave (and vote) as if your planet depended on it. It does.