The green fields, the clean streams, the mighty cliffs,
and the free birds
should have been enough
for our minds’ eye,
but we decided to be demi-gods
and to fill this world with rubbish.
Then, when we started to feel
to sense that we had summoned Death
to every creature on Earth,
we decided to focus on the other planets
and to find refuge from a galaxy far, far away.
All the time, effort, and money invested in the sci-fi dreams
could have been used to clean up this planet
from our old mistakes,
but the insanity we had inherited was too hard of a thing
Paula Puolakka (1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) Her latest work and info can be found through Spillwords Press. To look forward to, The Voices Project will display her poetry on 10/31, Thimble Literary Magazine in December, and Kitaab in spring 2020. There is an old saying that you have to die before you can start living, and this message is also related to the Tarot Card number XIII, Death. The message can also be found, for example, from the song “Learn How to Fall” by Paul Simon. We have to learn how to be free from the inherited insanity to find out what is truly important in Life and here on Earth. You need to read those books that are not on the “top 10 bestseller list,” sponsored by the big corporations to support the inherited insanity of the people who have been taught by the professors and the teachers focused on the same insanity. Start by reading the book “The Sayings of the Desert Fathers,” and then turn to Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mr. Theodore Kaczynski.