Poems of the Week

Of Course I Do, Yes

by Mike Mesterton-Gibbons

“Asked if he sympathised with Greta Thunberg, the climate campaigner
who has also criticised leaders for failing to act, [Prince Charles] said:
‘Of course I do, yes.'”

BBC News

Of course I sympathize with Greta T’s
Frustration—blah, blah, blah is all she hears!
Can talking fix COP26? Well, Jeez!
Old leaders have just talked for thirty years,
Unwilling to take action, so our youth
Rebel … It isn’t helpful, though, to be
So keen to vandalize—I wish, in truth,
Extinction R would take their cues from me:
I drive a car that runs on wine and cheese,
Desist from meat and fish two days a week,
Off dairy stay another day, plant trees
Year round, and get some hydro from my creek …
Expect no comment, though, on Boris J.—
Since I’d regret, when king, what I might say!