A country full of people
I will never meet.
Some are farmers, others politicians
for the communist government.
Your rivers and lakes
run like sewers
from the west into the ocean,
and can’t be drunk from, nor swum in.
The desert creeps farther
over the workable soil.
Each year there’s less lumber,
but more children to figure.
It’s just a trend we all
have been following.
Population boom without a bust
in a universe we’re told is infinite.
Maybe not for us, though,
maybe not for us.
We’re just another species,
a homo-sapien virus.
We made up laws
that we think matter,
but true laws can’t be disobeyed.
We’ll soon be overpopulated.
When there are no more forests,
no more rivers, no fish or deer,
we’ll have to kill ourselves.
In fact, we’ve already started.
Elias Simpson earned a bachelor’s degree in English and French from the University of Iowa. He spent a year in France in 2007, and traveled to Prague, Venice, Barcelona, and London, as well as cities in France, including Nice and Grenoble.
Elias has worked for Practical Farmers of Iowa, an organization that supports sustainable agriculture. He has also worked for two small organic farms: Turtle Farm and Small Potato Farm. He has volunteered for the university’s environmental coalition and is a registered member of the Iowa City Bike Library.
He is attending graduate school at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he studies poetry writing and works as a teaching assistant.
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