What happens if I stop believing?
Nothing, of course, goes up in smoke.
Toilets still flush. My toaster still toasts.
Traffic lights still alternate green to red,
And if I itch, a scratch still satisfies.
These basics tenaciously remain. But, but, …
The world where I grew up –
Where has that fled?
People used to say, OK,
Today may be a mess. But tomorrow?
It used to be there was a tomorrow.
Something has gone wrong.
Now, it’s always today.
The rich never stop getting richer.
The poor are very talented in getting poorer.
People kill each other from complacent habit,
And kill themselves, somehow, to compensate.
Can this make sense?
Frogs and honeybees are mysteriously vanishing
Not to mention tigers, elephants and bats.
Corals die, and whales commit suicide.
Fish choke to death for lack of oxygen.
Oysters, snails, cannot fabricate their shells.
Millions of USA kids are starving.
People succumb to summer heat in India.
Not enough water to drink, or grow crops elsewhere.
A decade or two, we might swim down Broadway.
Mountains of ice tumble into the sea, ignored.
People are excited over Hollywood comic strips.
I’ve already stopped believing.
What happens when everybody else does that?