After Greta Thunberg
God’s own property, some call it,
for others it was built by Allah, Jah, or Rainbow Serpent;
yet most agree it’s priceless and that for sheer scale
and beauty it surpasses any maharajah’s palace,
its treasures infinitely more splendid
than we could ever fashion.
And this house is ancient –
4.5 billion years by some calculations;
it should be listed
top for conservation due to its uniqueness.
Nowhere else we know of in the Cosmos –
this living, breathing home
extending hospitality to every guest who comes
from spore, seed, egg or womb.
Fire! Fire! the girl cries at the gates of the law-makers,
as she finds its blue and white ceiling
is rapidly overheating.
Who heeds the young?
Having made themselves too comfortable
some men pretend not to hear.
Other people claim: It’s Divine will!
We should all pray for salvation.
Yet others wear that tattered coat of fantasy
in which they seek disguise:
If it gets too bad in here, we’ll leave this old house!
But where can they go?
This is our home and there are flames consuming its rafters.