Not too late


and the streaming insult of petrol-driven traffic
three arms generate the turbine, as
churned by sturdy autumn wind
they gracefully rotate against steel-grey skyline

slow circling
you would think they have all the time in the world
but the world is unfurling, controlled by a bigger machine
and a clean, spinning angel is too little
for the needs we daily create
try as it may, it cannot feed our technological greed
it is time for us to change

while this issue is urgent
it is not too late for the human race to learn from history
step back from our mistakes
and return to simpler ways

The Daily Post #Urgent

©Jane Paterson Basil

17 thoughts on “Not too late

  1. New Zealand markets itself to the world as “clean & green” (it’s a load of f-ing BS – we can’t safely swim in many of our rivers due to pollution). There are some wind-farms here, but just as your poem suggests, it’s not-enough. We waste, waste, waste. On a positive note, the turbines are a step in the right direction, and we have no nuclear power yet.

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    1. I’m disappointed – I’ve seen the propaganda, and I believed it. But no nuclear power stations, that’s a bonus. Am I right that NZ trying to get rid of all its invasive foreign vegetation? I’m surprised the Govenment isn’t looking at the river polution. Maybe they’re only concerned about visual effect.


      1. The government does look into river-pollution, but there is a major obstacle $$$. In many areas, the pollution is due to dairy-farm runoff. Not because farmers are evil, but there are too many cows. Milk-powder is one of our biggest exports and stock-farming is our “sacred cow”. Politicians have to tread carefully. I have oversimplified a bit but, in general, $$$ beats environment every time. New Zealand is no exception.

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  2. Good poem, though I think it’s too late to learn anything from history. For man to save this civilization (assuming it’s worth it and knowing that not doing so means condemning billions to a terrible death soon) the species needs to look forward; to literally re-invent itself and proceed on an entirely new path. The “how” is simple enough but the application of it is another story. The how is through individual compassion. However compassion is something that cannot be applied to any problem through collective effort. It has to remain an individual choice. It’s up to each and every individual to make that choice. I think the response here would be, “Good luck with that. We’re Earthians, we don’t do things logically or rationally.”

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    1. I agree – the idea of going back to nature sounds great, but it never was ideal, because we are human, and we constantly strive for what we consider at any given moment ‘better things’. That’s how we got to where we are today. Unless we run out of power, we won’t give up our gadgets. The only way – if there is a way – would be forward to a new way. But I still maintain that we have to learn from history.


      1. Learn from history, yes of course. I meant it the other way: that there is nothing in our history that can help us forge a new future – the idea is a contradiction anyway – but by looking at the past we can all conclude this, “binder dundat don’t work.” Nothing has worked, therefore solutions for a viable future must come from new – futuristic – ideas. Or as I’ve been proposing, using a very ancient concept in a totally new way: self-empowerment through compassion, or vice-versa. That’s individual empowerment, not collective empowerment. Collectives don’t work: that’s what history is screaming at us right now. Collectives make sheeple; sheeple bleat waiting to be fed, sheared and… oh yes, butchered.

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        1. I like that; sheeple. The problem with collectives is that they’re made up of individuals, and each individual has their own idea of how things should be; plus, egos get in the way. The most powerful personalities get to make the decisions, or they’re put to the vote, and turned down, so they have to be shaved to make them more acceptable to the collective. You end up with collective mediocrity, at best. Individuals can work at their own pace, learning and improving as they go, and hopefully having a positive impact on those around them, so that they are infected by the bug of compassion. Ripples.
          I’m tired, and possibly rambling.

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    1. I never give up hope for the world. Without hope there is nothing to strive for.
      I find it hard to understand why the individuals in governments and in major corporations don’t notice they’re breathing the same polluted air as us.

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