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Dust to Dust

It was suggested that I plan my
Own funeral
The entities living on me
In me
Have ensured that I will not last forever

I lived quietly among my family for eons
But never lonely

Then the entities came
Looking for virgin land
Wild and free
With no history
- as far as they were concerned

They lived here peaceably
For a hundred sun orbits
And multiplied and prospered
They had brought life forms with them
And they, too
Multiplied and prospered

Until I became overcrowded
The entities
Moved out of their original small settlements
And built vast cities
Which necessitated digging into my soil
Blasting my hills
Retraining my rivers’ natural paths
They melted my poles
And emptied my oceans
Soon I was covered in concrete

They polluted the air
The land
The water
Until I lay in spoils
So now I must plan my funeral

Brothers, play the music of the spheres for me
Mourners, pray to the sun for me
Remember how happy I was before
The occupation

The entities are finally leaving
In search of another virgin

Sisters, will you send out advance warnings?
“To the next victim:
Beware noisy unheeding beings
Who land with silver ships
And make false promises

I don’t know, maybe you can freeze them out
Or melt them down

Blow them away
Or shake them off
Or drown them

I hope you do not do what I did: 
Accept them in peace
And hope”

I don’t know when or if these entities will ever learn
To respect what is not theirs

So I must plan my funeral
Brothers and sisters, could you combine
Your energies
To push me closer to the sun

I would like to be cremated
To return from whence I came

I do not wish to remain here
A forgotten
A dead dusty red planet

Copyright © KJ Hooten

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  1. Date: 7/13/2011 6:27:00 AM
    great poem about the state of the earth i was reading the other day that in the next 20 years 1 of every 4 mammal species inhabiting this planet will be either extinct or on the endangered species list. Mostly due to habitat reduction. Seems the world is caught up in build and drill baby drill all at the expense the innocent poor

  1. Date: 7/8/2011 5:41:00 AM
    I have enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry this morning KJ. I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with good health, love, laughter, and loads of inspiration. Love, Carol