Poems of the Week

We Can’t Lose!

by Steven Kent

“Revealed: leading climate research publisher helps fuel oil and gas drilling”
The Guardian

We have to play the odds the best we can:
Get money from the Left to sound a warning,
Then speak directly to the oil man
And get it from the Right before next morning.

Don’t think that we don’t take a side. We do,
But in the end it all comes down to money
(The green, the beans, the clams, the revenue)
Or we’ll be out of work, and that ain’t funny.

No doubt to you it looks a little strange;
Who knows how long this crisis will outlive us?
Yet we’ll go on promoting climate change
As well as trying to stop it. Please forgive us.