Primates in the Cave GLOBAL INTERACTION
Whole forests we defoliate.
Grand old-growth trees chainsaws truncate.
Our lush wetlands we desiccate.
Green grasslands we deracinate. 464
With muck our rivers constipate.
Our reservoirs now exsiccate.
Vast oceans we contaminate.
Once pristine lakes coagulate. 468
Hectares of woods we conflagrate,
replaced with fields we irrigate
and grossly over-cultivate
to grow peas that we dehydrate. 472
Our farms we supersaturate
with kilos of superphosphate,
encourage plants to pollinate,
but spray so they don’t verminate. 476
Huge dams cause valleys to hydrate.
These lakes now form a new substrate
where bees no longer bombilate
and birds cannot nidificate. 480
The polar ice shelves fractionate.
Warm air won’t let them regelate.
For fur, seals we excoriate
in numbers that depopulate. 484
In jungles hunters ambulate
and rifle sites we collimate.
The loud shots discombobulate;
rare beasts we incapacitate. 488
Huge schools of fish we desquamate,
we fillet and we decollate.
Their egg sacs we evaginate:
indulge ourselves on roe ovate. 492
Crustaceans with claws serrulate
are dredged up by the hundredweight.
Then cooked ’til pink, cookbooks notate.
Their limbs we disarticulate. 496
Grain fed pigs we eviscerate.
Their limbs and head we obtruncate
The unctuous lard, machines quadrate.
Pork crackling, we decrepitate. 500
The cries of sheep arpeggiate.
We slaughter and exsanguinate.
The meat with herbs we impregnate.
For warmth their wool we flocculate. 504
Plump poultry we decapitate.
Their eggs we transilluminate.
Internal glands we levigate;
chopped liver pâté on a plate. 508
Tame cattle herds we decimate.
Our feet their skins encapsulate.
The meat in wine we marinate
then char it on a barbie grate. 512
Leeched soils slowly salinate.
Our drinking water we filtrate.
The air fouled with particulate
from gases that we generate. 516
The green groups that we delegate
to save, restore and depurate,
with vigour they expostulate
and on our wrongs expatiate. 520
and politicians defalcate.
Protection bills are edentate.
Their strength to change we overrate. 524
It’s right to decontaminate.
But tricky to vaticinate
when that age we’ll denominate. 528
Much wildlife we devastate
as habitats attenuate.
Extinction rates we festinate.
All sanctity we violate. 532
Ends to Means
Around the world we navigate,
inclined to want to subjugate.
Those allied we legitimate.
The others we vituperate. 536
Endless treaties to seriate
as our alliances fluctuate.
When all else fails we spoliate
with swarms of weapons sagittate. 540
with solar panels aureate.
Antenna clusters decussate
at altitudes that de-aerate. 544
Our job to disambiguate
and sovereign states impenetrate
in order to predestinate
how best our foes to urticate. 548
In vales that gently undulate,
in forests where winds susurrate,
in streets that pavers tessellate
we have no qualms to militate. 552
In deserts where winds triturate,
in fields canals reticulate,
in lands oceans peninsulate
we’re likely to extravagate. 556
Our missiles poised to extirpate.
All life, with death, we saturate.
The past we foully desecrate.
The future we appropriate. 560
Despite how much some remonstrate
we force our foes’ lives to mutate.
Dear valuables we confiscate.
The hearts and minds we lacerate. 564
Surreptitiously we jugulate.
The innocent we inculpate.
Reward those that tergiversate
and those that don’t we immolate. 568
Mass graves the tractors excavate.
Distorted corpses in a crate.
Still, others in the dirt prostrate:
our bodies bullets perforate. 572
Shocked parents yowl and ululate;
their children’s screams full resonate,
at least those that resuscitate.
The rest authorities cremate. 576
Crushed prisoners we interrogate,
we prod and poke and fustigate.
The enfeebled we emasculate
just purely to humiliate. 580
In dark cells souls etiolate.
Such actions families deprecate.
We plead, but captors objurgate
with no desire to placate. 584
Appendages are placed pronate
and currents through them commutate.
Then once allowed to transmigrate
each soul becomes a runagate. 588
The conquerors self-coronate
and place upon a stereobate
stone statues to commemorate
their triumph to dissimulate. 592
The victors’ actions indurate
the hearts of those who emigrate.
Our loathing we’ll not modulate
nor with these raiders mediate. 596
So, refugees expatriate.
Passports officials annotate.
We hope that at some future date
we exiles can repatriate. 600
Some stateless won’t habituate
and choose to dissociate:
displaced, forced to evacuate,
clandestinely perambulate. 604
Of those some will retaliate;
procure potassium nitrate
and timers that can detonate
homemade bombs meant to deflagrate. 608
Vengeance we premeditate
and gracelessly recriminate.
We’re not inclined to sublimate.
We’re maggots that engorge on hate. 612