Feet dangling in the cool water,
I close my eyes.
Just to see the world
Through everything but sight.
To hear the wind in the leaves
And the waves on the shore,
To smell the freshness of the air,
To feel the simplicity and beauty
In the water’s calm sway.
I close my eyes to se the world
As it was meant to be.
I open my eyes to see terror.
To see the terror we have created.
I see the buildings,
Meant only to separate us from nature.
I see the highways,
Or rather, the deathbed for many,
No matter what the species.
I see the wires and fences,
Put in only for our convenience and comfort,
Regardless of the barriers and killing traps they become.
I see the factories and businesses,
Made only to bring in
As many small pieces of green paper as possible.
These, just as our steel and rubber contraptions,
Created merely to satisfy mankind’s greed
For power, speed, and ego-boosting appearances
Are nothing more than mothers to endless amounts of murderous pollution.
I open my eyes to see the world
As humans have destroyed it.
I close my eyes again
To hear the birds,
Smell the crisp breeze
And feel the water
Making sand dance beneath my toes.
My state of bliss drops
As I realize
I will not be able to stay in my dream world forever.
I comfort myself by remembering that
No matter where I am,
Or what this world literally “comes to,”
I can always close my eyes to see.