muse: act now

See the leaves fall before our eyes
While the chimneys puff our smoke
Should they all fall before we see?

The wind blow hotter airs
And the sharks sail closer to us
Are they scared or want food?

The snail shells are broken
They sleep longer, they die earlier
Soon the butterflies and bees vanish

The forests deplete when we seek mean food
Rivers and streams turn black with crude oil spills
Industrial wastes lie here, there, walk to and fro

We lose our borders to the deserts and oceans
Singing patriotic hymns as national anthems
We forget the issue at hand

Erosions, earthquake, they say all are natural
Consciences say otherwise, what have we done?
Never again or is there time to reverse all these?

The oceans rise when the glaciers melt
My pain is the fact that the globe is dying
My anguish is the fact that we are killing it

I ask myself why and…
War’ are we waiting for?

By Oke Iroegbu

Finance Graduate, Bibliophile and Bard of Ovim, his hometown. Read more at