What Did You Do Once You Knew?

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by Drew Dellinger

It’s 3:23 in the morning

and I’m awake

because my great-great grandchildren won’t let me sleep

my great-great grandchildren

ask me in dreams

What did you do while the planet was plundered?

What did you do when the Earth was unraveling?

Surely you did something

when the seasons started failing?

As the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying?

Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?

What did you do

once

you

knew?

Excerpted from Love Letter to the Milky Way, by Drew Dellinger. White Cloud Press, 2011. Reprinted with permission.