the insatiable maw

"Peace begins with the fork" -- a bumper sticker

not only by mouth

but by lifestyle

do we consume treasures of earth:

animals, large and small,

green things from here and there,

tracts of land denuded and desolate,

bodies of water, spheres of air,

and bowels of earth mined and forgotten;

as if there were no end to treasure,

and peoples’ needs can be met

infinitely by finite things,

and our goal in life is to transform

biosphere into trash heap and

consciousness into satiety.