What am I going to tell her

when am I going to tell her
that she may not live
beyond fifty
because the earth
will have consumed
itself

how am I going to tell her
that my generation
spent more energy
on Netflix binges
than keeping her
planet alive

what am I going to tell her
about the darkness
enveloping the earth
personified in gun-toting
pussy-grabbing
button-pressing presidents

who am I going to tell her
is the person to
save us?
we don’t believe
in the Second Coming
any more

what am I going to tell her?
what am I going to tell myself?
what am I going to tell you?
what are you going to tell me?
what are we going to tell each other?

time’s up
for the questions
time for the answers
together
grieve the loss
put wounds aside

we can plant
trees of hope
in the hearts
of our children
but first we must plant them
in ourselves

© xmab 13.ii.18