Larry Kilham Blog
We have consumed and spent
and now we are moths to the flame.
When opportunities receded
and there was no better way
our pride flickered and faded
and our dreams flew away.
Our elders spoke of our faith
in common ideals and a higher being
to assure our strength anew.
Adversity was our challenge
and progress pulled us through.
Now we can speak of starting again
in a beckoning faraway land
not on another planet
but as leaves of grass
in a temperate place
far from the political morass.
If I return to the human hive
and absorb the synthetic surround,
I’ll miss nature’s creatures at play
and you’ll hear me cry
for our dreams that flew away.
© 2019 Larry Kilham
The technology boom isn't over but we must focus on preserving our resources and nature. Sustainable growth is an oxymoron. We must stop eradicating nature's plants, animals, and other organisms. We must find an equilibrium with all species. An alternative lifestyle can be more fulfilling and satisfying. On a TV documentary, I saw a young woman biologist at remote, frozen, Lake Baikal in Siberia say living there gives her "Freedom and a sense of beauty." Do you get that from megacities?
If you think climate change is bad now, wait. Imagine what your descendants will experience:
We walked the desert in our land.
We saw shards and wrecks
scattered in the sand.
Not broken pots or pillars of stone,
but defunct computers and pieces of bone.
We heard a ghostly voice
from a gossamer muse,
“Look around for what's nice--
Something besides plastics and rust.
The creations of art and music
fed the worms and now are dust.”
(c) 2018 Larry Kilham
See all of Larry Kilham's poems on this site here.
Larry Kilham is a Sloan School of Management graduate from MIT, received three patents, and has founded two high-tech companies. Many of his product designs required innovative use of computers, and as early as the 1960s he was researching artificial intelligence (AI).