Extinction Rebellion


with ten years to go before the world burns
I have time left to speak some words
of love to those I love the most,
apologise for all the bad things I’ve done
the thoughtless and stupid-dumb things
when I was out of my head and lost
with nine years to go before the world burns
time becomes fluid across toxic months,
what day is it today? I know about yesterday
but what day of the week does that make it?
I’ve lost track, adrift in timelessness…
I expect that at some point time will resume
and normality will click back into place,
with eight years to go before the world burns
the anthropocene has stolen my death,
the fire of it is in my blood, I taste its anger
as biodiversity shatters and continents zombify
climate targets slip out of reach and are lost
protocols dissolve, rhetoric blows away while
people applaud and vote to separate each other
with walls instead of building bridges,
as the world tilts out of balance
with seven years to go before the world burns
they flay my skin for the writing of new texts
drain my blood and drink it to make sacrifices,
rip out my heart to distribute to random strangers,
bind the hands of protesters with my entrails
and stop their mouths with
a disarray of mutinous teeth,
with six, five, four years
to go before the world burns
but not yet, please, not yet…



Andrew Darlington
Illustration: Atlanta Wiggs

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2 Responses to Extinction Rebellion

    1. Excellent, timely, truthful, chilling.

      Comment by Bruce Hodder on 28 March, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    2. Extinction Rebellion should be deeply ashamed of themselves and are puppets of the CIA and those who overthrow democratic country’s because of their assets.
      The contrast between the attacks on Morales and his democratic socialist government, both within Bolivia and through the call for pickets of Bolivian embassies worldwide (shamefully supported by Extinction Rebellion in London), and the free pass given to Bolsonaro’s extreme right wing by Daza and her associates is instructive.

      Comment by Dave Lawton on 1 April, 2020 at 11:16 pm

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