can only be glimpsed
through a rear view mirror
we need to look at the road in front of us,
assume a rapid decline down the Hubbert curve,
and invest in alternatives
to avoid crashing into the future
I am an Australian poet, writer, blogger, psychologist, wife, mother of two children, autism and environmental advocate, and mad animal lover
alternative energy sources, declining oil reserves, environmental issues, future shock, Hubbert curve, oil, peak oil, poem, poetry
July 4, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Note, rear view mirror =retrospect, not necessarily = already there.
Dodgy picture in the sand = done in a hurry = did it for Val and Opoetoo picture poetry = pathetic attempt (need more time 🙂
July 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm
The image went with the words, the words went with the horror of so much oil gushing into the water. What are we doing to our planet? Raping it and leaving it bleeding. I am ashamed of our species.
July 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm
Thanks Carolyn. The oil spill is a catastrophe, but nothing like what will happen if oil runs out without a feasible alternative – mass starvation and mass deaths throughout the world – everything we produce is soaked in oil.
July 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm
I’m ashamed of the human species too and appalled by how little we’re paying attention to what we’re doing to the earth, that most of us just see the future as business as usual, while we’re plundering resources and destroying species
July 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm
It’s pathetic isn’t it Crafty Green Poet – head in the sand ‘she’ll be right’ attitude and no real action until the planet starts beating up on us. People will look back in the future and say ‘what the hell were they thinking’.
July 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm
this poem is excellent
July 5, 2010 at 10:20 am
Thanks kseverny 🙂
July 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm
Wonderful words as ever Gabrielle … I really worry about what the future holds for our planet …
July 5, 2010 at 10:21 am
July 5, 2010 at 4:53 am
GB, your timely poem may have been dashed off, but it hit the spot. Congratulations.
Quote from the novel ‘Cull’, set in the US after Obama, where Wayne Myers, US VP is presenting his paper on climate change progress to Cabinet
(“It seems that man is the first species in the history of this planet to predict its own extinction.” He laughed bitterly. “And the joke is, we have the technology to prevent it,” He tapped his notes. “But we won’t use it!
“This document is a tribute to ignorance, stupidity and plain pig headedness.” He picked up the papers, glanced at Tanner and passed them along the table.)
Another, from the play of 1990, “20-20 Vision”. (‘Coal is Nature’s Hazardous Waste Dump and we continue ot exhume it!’)
I joined the Australian Greens in desperation.
July 5, 2010 at 10:25 am
Thanks Stafford. You were spot on with your predictions in your work and good one for joining the Greens.
July 5, 2010 at 5:01 am
Utterly Brilliant and totally out shines me dearest Gabrielle! I love it and your words are a warning to be heeded.
July 5, 2010 at 10:28 am
Thanks Val. I think the tinfoil man Opoetoo was the shiniest of all three 😉 hahaha
July 5, 2010 at 7:21 am
I like the structure, how it amplifies the effect, expands in the middle, slows down and then the short punchy ending really makes the point.
July 5, 2010 at 10:30 am
Thanks Paul. I’d like to do more with the visuals but have great difficulty with the formatting in wordpress – I’ve posted a few poems that look different in my word processor than they do in the blog, unfortunately.
July 5, 2010 at 8:22 am
Indeed Gabe… the Gulf of Mexico spill should be enough to shock us all into a chain of events leading to change. We can only do our bit and hope the world follows.
July 5, 2010 at 10:33 am
You’d think so, but I don’t think so – you just have to listen to the garbage coming out of the mouths of BP officials about how it is only a small spill and the ocean is very big – what a joke. There is so much money tied up in the big polluters and they have so much power. We need some brave politicians (is that an oxymoron?).
July 7, 2010 at 1:38 am
I love the poem and the photo, Gabrielle, the subject should not exist.
I know what you mean about formatting, frustrating!
July 7, 2010 at 8:38 am
Thanks Ben 😉 One day I’ll get my head around the formatting.
July 8, 2010 at 11:43 am
BP have incensed me with their nonchalant attitude so much that I have spent many hours fantasising about forming a guerilla group of environmental warriors to take them out one by one. I don’t believe anything will change because oil is so linked to money and we all know the corrupting influence of money on the human psyche.
Your poem in many ways is prophetic. It is like the final scene from a film where there is nothing left in our world and we look back on the wasteland we have created with horror. But it is too late to do anything and all we can do is walk. Chilling.
July 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm
Thanks Selma. Humans seem little able to change unless they are forced by circumstance; and there is no doubt that oil will eventually run out as it is a limited, non-renewable resource. The thing that gets me is that the rich people (like the ones that own the mines and wells) are the ones that will be least affected by these things.
July 20, 2010 at 10:54 am
Hi, yes, I did view this poem but couldn’t post a response at the time. Thanks for posting a link to it. I think the time is NOW for all of ‘us’ to start doing everything we can to change our own behavior and thinking in order to create the change our earth needs for our own survival. Why should the few greedy ‘elite’ get to call all the shots? Why? We must do it. The PEAK indeed, GB. The Peak indeed.
July 20, 2010 at 11:26 am
Thanks 47whitebuffalo – now is definitely the time as we have nearly run out of time. Individuals should make changes but Governments need to make the biggest changes to assist individuals with change. Humans have the power to change the shape of the Hubbert curve in that if we shift to sustainable energy ASAP then there won’t be a need for oil (and it will be too expensive anyway). In Australia we are lucky to have lots of sunshine so I’m going to invest in solar power and then a battery car which plugs into my solar system at home – bingo, no need for trips to the petrol station (or as you say Gas station). The problem is there is a bit of oil in everything we consume, so there needs to be a massive shift to renewables (and NOT friggin’ nuclear energy – can you imagine the mistakes they would make with that).
July 20, 2010 at 11:52 am
I agree with much of what you say but I think it’s become very clear that most governments aren’t in the swing of this at all. Hence, we must help each other.
July 20, 2010 at 11:56 am
They are pathetically slow off the mark – hope you are wrong. Here’s to helping each other 🙂
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