How I Became a Tedious Eco-Poet
A poem by Sam Mansfield
Be joyful / though you have considered all the facts.
– Wendell Berry
It was after I considered all the facts
It was because I love inconvenience
It was when I read the phrase incompatible with a globally organized community
It was after I lost all sense of proportion
It was when I topped up my coolant tank with chartreuse poison
It was because power makes me anxious
It was the demonstrator with the sign that read Yo mama’s so hot, she’s about to experience
desertification and rising sea levels
It was because I am enamored of the city
It was after I tallied the fat of the land
It was when I read Given the choice between starving and raiding, humans raid
It was because I look forward to raiding
It was because the side of denial is breeding free-range super PACs
It was because the side of reason is shamed into respectable inaction
It was because we do not have to live like this
It was because there is still some time.
Copyright © 2016 Sam Mansfield. All rights reserved.
Photograph by Marcus Wise