door Humanitas Amsterdam en Diemen
No One Knows by Barbara Stewart Mother Earth despairs of Humankind of our neglect our disrespect Of those in power who hour by hour take and hate Whose hearts are black with greed and fear Who hate themselves and hate each other Delight to see their brothers suffer Who kill and maim for selfish gain
She is wary of Mankind Of brutal UnKindman Who choses to use and abuse Womankind Children Who is indespicably cruel to animals Who violates nature Is blind to the indescribable beauties of Mother Earth Is ignorant of her worth Who only enjoys to destroy She is forsaken by such men So many chances she has given again and again In return she is raped and diseased Riddled with floods and fires ruined by Mankind's selfish desires Mother Earth does not need Man to survive This virus persists Insists We resist as much as we can- being Man Could it be-weary of protecting us She now seeks to reject us ? Or is it's source the deeds of Powerful Evil Man seeking to bring others down to their knees To steal their freedom To satisfy his greed for more power? Or is the Animal Kingdom so long used and abused seeking it's revenge ? No one knows We can only suppose The virus mutates and grows- Controles Overpowers us Dominates, divides, destroys Breeds fear, distrust, frustration, anger violence, alienation, despair And where is caring GentleMan ? Whose spirit is kind who understands His deeds are good his heart is strong Where does he belong ? He loves his brothers Seaks to heal the poisonous wounds of Bloody War The suffering of others he cannot ignore He who struggles to right the wrong Where does he belong ? GentleMan Who protects, respects Womankind the Animal Kingdom He who cares for children Is aware of the astounding beauties of Mother Earth Who strives to protect her worth He who stuggles to right the wrong Where does he belong? His voice is low He cannot be heard Above the deafening screech of Evil words So those of us who can speak--speak out--shout. Those of us who can act--act Those who can give--give Those who can love--love Embrace the light and energy from above And hope and pray with Mother Earth for the coming of the day of Man's rebirth into GentleMan November 2021
The original inspiration for this poem came from a photograph I saw in a leaflet received from the action group Varkens in Nood whom I support. A member of the group worked
temporarily undercover in a slaughterhouse in Gelderland, and took photos of how the pigs were treated on being hurded in. One photograph showed how these innocent, young, unsuspecting animals were beaten and given electric shocks before meeting their horrific deaths.
The photo arose a deep-seated anger in me at how cruel humankind can be towards animals; towards each other; and to the Planet Earth as a whole.
As if we do not deserve to live here. Can the corona virus be a means towards our extinction along with the destructive forces of climate change?
A far-fetched thought maybe….but….No One Knows. There is always hope and a belief in the inherent goodness of Mankind.
Footnote : The slaughterhouse was closed for two months until conditions for the animals improved, and is still under increased supervision.
I myself do not eat meat.
door Barbara Stewart