Image by Steve Evans from Wikimedia Commons
I came to this primeval planet a thousand years ago
an explorer from another realm, a highly evolved star.
My mission was to stay, to observe, for just one Goalhuxian week,
but time on your planet is different and passes, for you, so very fast.
I’ve watched your centuries come and go, in silence as we do.
Taken note of your naive troubles, your wars, and looked longingly at your stars.
It seems to me, dear humans, in your oddly ephemeral lives, you tend to forget,
to stop and reflect, to put your roots down, forget to just be.
You are such a lucky race, humans, and there are millions of you,
but your waste of your lives astounds me as you fight for who is right!
I see all you do with my bountiful leaves, and when they fall,
my roots hear your thoughts, your wishes, your dreams.
You go on silly little adventures, like children excited by first snow,
and you think you rule the universe – like there are no others, unlike you?
And then you pretend to be grown-ups while poisoning all your land!
In your own little petri dish you isolate yourselves, to avoid taking the blame!
No, I prefer your fauna and the flowers that grow in your salty soil!
Whenever we share a river’s bank, a beautiful flower and I, I alway hear them cry.
And those amazing feathered creatures of yours, who sing from branches and chirp in the skies,
have you stopped to listen to them? Hear how they worry, taken heed of their warning?
I can’t interfere with your destruction, my mission just to observe
and so I stand here, silently, waiting ’til I can leave.
I stand here, clad in silvery bark, as your pollution sours the earth.
But beware, puny humans – your ways and your reputation precedes you
on your infantile galactic quest.
And should you continue,
take no pause,
not act to avoid your planet’s destruction
there will be no places in this universe you can run to!
I’m not exactly sure where this comes from, or if it really works (since it doesn’t rhyme), but this is what came to mind when reading up on the Baobab tree in response to today’s challenge Word List with Grapeling over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. The words to use were (at least three of): primeval, adventures, grown-ups, clad, reputation, ephemeral, flower, lucky, poison, stars, bank, forget, odd, million, reflective, trouble, baobabs, silence, naive and explorer – and I believe I got them all?
Today is also the very final day of NaPoWriMo 2014 and I’m waiting with bated breath for the very last prompt… Anyway, hope you enjoy the baobab’s warning.
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