ScarlettLucian

Canada

Just a girl trying to help save the world while writing lowercase poetry in the interim whenever writer's block gives her a break.

Driving fast with the music loud
Walking in the rain
Ballgowns & Doc Martens

Message from Writer

Words and writers I'm in love with right now:
-"The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by V. E. Schwab
-"Words in Deep Blue" by Cath Crawley
-Margaret Atwood
-Maggie Stiefvater
-Lin-Manuel Miranda
-Taylor Swift
-Panic! At the Disco
-Marianas Trench

And then Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Critical Role are just sustaining me the rest of the time.

what an absurdity

March 8, 2021

we seem to live in the long-term. 
trained to close our eyes and dream of the future 
while the moment passes right by. 
while mother earth's screams go unnoticed. 
it's not like it's a someday event.
it's here, right now. 
she flings hurricanes at our shores
and ignites forest fires to fill our skies with smoke, 
emergency flares
desperately trying to get you all to listen. 
and you just idly wonder whether the drought will ever end, 
or if the temperatures will stop being so drastic
or if the ice will halt its melting
but of course those couldn't be because of a rapidly changing climate. 
what an absurdity. 
that's an issue you have to pass on to your children, 
not something that happens within your life time. 
but what about my lifetime? 
after your excuses have grown as thin as the ozone layer
and your words don't stop the roaring winds and poison air, 
what is left? 
a wreckage of a planet you promised was just a far-off nightmare 
that now fills our everyday lives. 
something you said we didn't need to worry about,
even though we told you 
and the scientists told you 
and all the sane people in the world told you it wasn't a fucking joke. 
it was the present, not the future, because of the past.
because of your past.
the one you threw at us whether we wanted it or not.
and yet you laughed it off in press conferences, 
in your thousand-dollar suits made from modern slave labour 
and gallons of water 
and filaments of plastic that will exist for millennia to come. 
because you didn't care. 
you didn't dare to. 
not when caring would mean acknowledging the fact 
that you messed up royally and left us to deal with the shattered remains, 
trying to eke out some semblance of a life 
in the midst of an apocalypse that happened far before its time, 
if only you'd done something. 
and you can't protest and say you didn't know better, 
because you did. 
because we screamed at you alongside mother earth
thousands of us 
from the city streets, shoes sticking to the steaming pavement
and swore we'd never forgive you for your sins 
and we won't 
but we'll all be dead before it matters much, 
so you're safe in the end anyway. 
not like us. 
not as we watch islands sink 
and fields turn to dust
and millions of people migrate across broken continents
desperate for the safety we were promised would always be there.
not unless you do something.
now.
to stave it off a little bit longer until it’s our time
until we wear the suits and call the shots 
and work for something more important than money.
we’re not asking for magic or a miracle or forever
or for you to even try to permanently fix this.
we’ve been let down too many times to expect that.
just a little bit more time
so that we at least get the chance
to try to save the world.

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8 Comments
  • journal.scribbles

    (sorry, this comment is really really late) This whole piece is so powerful, but especially the lines "and yet you laughed it off in press conferences, / in your thousand-dollar suits made from modern slave labour / and gallons of water / and filaments of plastic that will exist for millennia to come. " I love both this piece and your message box. I'm a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater too, I can't wait for Mister Impossible!


    6 months ago
  • Nyla

    RE: Thank you so much! I really loved that line as well :)


    6 months ago
  • Nyla

    Wow! This was so powerful and I love the formatting as well! This "in your thousand-dollar suits made from modern slave labour " was an amazing description and this " work for something more important than money" is so so so important! I really loved this! re: aww thank you so much! I really loved that line as well :)


    6 months ago
  • halle_cj

    re: thank you so much! to you as well xo


    7 months ago
  • books4life

    amazing!!!!


    7 months ago
  • Avril

    Wow I love this! It's so poignant and each line carries such weight!
    "after your excuses have grown as thin as the ozone layer" - Love this line :)


    7 months ago
  • SamRose

    I love it!! :)


    7 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    Gorgeous. What an eloquent way of writing about such an important topic.


    7 months ago