What Did You Do Once You Knew?
by Drew Dellinger
It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great-great grandchildren won’t let me sleep
my great-great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
What did you do while the planet was plundered?
What did you do when the Earth was unraveling?
Surely you did something
when the seasons started failing?
As the mammals, reptiles and birds were all dying?
Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?
What did you do
Excerpted from Love Letter to the Milky Way, by Drew Dellinger. White Cloud Press, 2011. Reprinted with permission.