NOTE: It’s Lent, people; it’s supposed to be depressing.
No one remembers
When the last rainbow appeared.
Was it after that last oil spill?
The one that finally did the ocean in?
Was it after the last mountain was leveled?
Or when the last hill was slit open?
When the last of the mineral wealth was stolen?
Was it after the last forest was paved over?
After the last marsh was converted to overflow parking?
Or was it just before that delicate, unknown moment
When the scales were tipped ever so slightly,
And the air became so pregnant with poison
That that very last persistent little bird
Could not lift her petrol-slick wings in flight?
When did we break that age-old treaty
Between God and all humankind–
When God promised not to destroy the earth?
When did we take it upon ourselves
To do that which God would not do?
The last rainbow happened decades ago.