When the last human being has gone
And the planet is free of their kind
What will then happen?
Will wounds heal and damage disappear?
Will wild storms cease and ice refreeze
At the Poles? Will fires and floods go away?
Will evolution try again, as our poisons fade?
Will self healing kick in?
How soon before the wind blows free
And sunlight bathes the empty earth?
Or will all the detritus of the dead
The waste and all the rubbish
Be driven by raging winds
Around an empty planet, all life extinct,
Buildings crumbling, rusting cars,
Relics of those who would not listen,
Impervious to oblivion?
Though some tried;
Written by Tony Mitchell
Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash