last party bomb - October 9, 2015s

author’s note:

The Earth is like a spaceship with didn’t come with an operating manual.
                  — R. Buckminister Fuller


In only a few hundred million years
this tiny Earth will fall into The Sun.

If we’ve lasted that long
I hope our approach will be joyous
even though we know
that all we’ve thought and felt and done
will soon be gone.

Yes, humankind should celebrate!—
after all, we will have survived
despite the drive
of our fearful greed—
an honorable victory.

Yes, let’s sweeten our tears
with laughter—
we raise ourselves high
when we can find light
amid life’s grief:

after witnessing such strength
I reject the belief
that an existence so humble and grand
leads only to nothingness.

Instead, I hope (I pray)
there exists a universal bank
to hold all the wisdom we have gleaned
during our time on this hard planet.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
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