They Don’t Know Who Did This

But we know who did this

Deborah Barchi

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Photo by Henrique Malaguti on Unsplash

Plastic and garbage, clogging the sea.
The fish don’t know who did this.

But we know who did this.

Thick sludge of oil, coating the waves.
The sea birds don’t know who did this.

But we know who did this.

Acres of trees, clear-cut and hauled away.
The forest doesn’t know who did this.

But we know who did this.

Icebergs melting with unprecedented speed.
The polar bear and her calf don’t know who did this.

But we know who did this.

Meadows and fields, destroyed every day.
The bees don’t know who did this.

But we know who did this.

Drought and floods and ravaging fires.
Confusion, terror, and loss of wild lives.

They will never know who did this.
But we know who did this.

I know I am not alone in feeling great grief and fear for the way our precious earth is being destroyed: ocean, forest, wild meadows, and so many places of natural beauty that animals call home and are a…

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Deborah Barchi

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.