(A technical term – see Le Guin.)

 

 

The economy pumps more excrement.

So the exhaust fumes suffocate,

So the carbon accumulates,

And the mercury rises,

And the science advises

Panic! in cold blood,

Beware the great flood,

That raises the ocean

In decades slow motion

And swamps the islands

Unleashes the violence

Of cyclonic depressions

Imperial aggressions

Extinctions of species

And dreams smashed to pieces.

Problems unseen

in media smokescreen,

the rulers deny,

the consumers buy,

And the economy pumps more excrement.

 

 

More excrement

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