Friday, October 09, 2015

The Last Party

author’s note:

The Earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual.
                   -- R. Buckminister Fuller


In only a few hundred million years
this tiny Earth will fall into The Sun.

If we've lasted that long
I hope our approach will be joyous
even though we know
that all we've thought and felt and done
will soon be gone.

Yes, humankind should celebrate!--
after all, we will have survived
despite the drive
of our fearful greed--
an honorable victory.

Yes, let's sweeten our tears
with laughter--
we raise ourselves high
when we can find light
amid life's grief:

after witnessing such strength
I reject the belief
that an existence so humble and grand
leads only to nothingness.

Instead, I hope (I pray)
there exists a universal bank
to hold all the wisdom we have gleaned
during our time on this hard planet.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
My War for Peace: the book

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