Voting Our Destruction

Voting Our Destruction

Some birds will still sing and flora abide
no matter what human might reside
in the colorless house with the POTUS inside.
But not so for those that have already died.
In the past year, seven more
have ceased to run or swim or roar.

The outcome of our land and sea,
each animal , insect and tree
depends on policies they make.
Will Earth survive or will we bake
on the spit of reckless choices,
protests made by unheard voices?

Will we find, at end of day
we’ve voted our kids’ lives away?
These are the species lost to us
in last year’s sparring, useless fuss:

                      • Sumatran Rhino. …
                      • Chinese paddlefish. …
                      • Yangtze giant softshell turtle. …
                      • Indian Cheetah. …
                      • Spix Macaw. …
                      • Catarina Pupfish. …
                      • Indochinese tiger

What new denizens will perish
from this Earth we say we cherish?
Yet we vote its life away
And we’re the ones who’ll have to pay.


Today the loss of species is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times than that of the natural extinction rate. WWF reports that between 0.01% and 0.1% of all species go extinct every year. Considering the fact that there are around two million species on the planet, it means between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year. And note, we are talking about species of which humans are one.

As per the 2018 report of World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), there’s a 60% decline in the population of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians in just 40 years. As per the IUCN Red List, more than 30,000 species are threatened with extinction, which means 27% of the nearly 1,12,000 species accessed so far are under grave danger.

In the past ten years, 33 plant species have become extinct. The species listed above in my poem all vanished in 2019. I was unable to find a list for 2020.


Prompt words today are flora, outcome, fated and reside.

10 thoughts on “Voting Our Destruction

  1. Christine Goodnough

    Yes, we are really upsetting things — and I find the average person is as much to blame, or doesn’t care. I’ve mentioned to some folks that (pest-consuming) barn swallows will soon be extinct and their react is “Good! They make such a mess.” Endangered pocket gophers? “Don’t worry. We don’t need them.” One farm woman told me they routinely destroy robin nests and eggs because “they eat our strawberries.”
    I find that when some creature interferes with lifestyle or income, people are quick to say, “Let’s destroy them,” not thinking we’re upsetting the natural chain reaction. Friends think I’m wacky to fuss about messy birds and farm pests.
    End of rant. 😉

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I know. Hard to convince folks that everything in the world isn’t here just for us. And, that everything is interrelated. I certianly don’t think of this when I step on a cockroach or poison carpenter ants stripping my garden, but it’s all part of the same balance. How much of a species that infringes upon our territory do we allow to exist and how do we determine “how much” is our territory? Population control has to be part of the mix and if we don’t take care of it, nature will.

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    2. Sam V

      Thanks, you said it for me. Upsetting the balance of nature will always will have consequences far beyond what we plan or even envision~!


  2. bushboy

    I have no words. So much has gone it saddens me. Governments and money are killing our world and don’t give a stuff as long as their pockets are lined. The loss of one plant starts a chain reaction that ends up at the top of the food chain.



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