No End

No End

The news reports the carelessness spread by humankind,
drunk on greed, so selfish and blind
as we destroy this planet with bombs and pollution.
We mustn’t fear for there is still time for solutions.

Don’t buy into the fear-mongering, the division,
the scapegoating, the violent rhetoric nor the mindless noise.
Instead focus on creating a better world for us all, girls, and boys.

I am staring at the rainbow in the hills,
thinking about God’s promise:

Never again will the whole world flood.

It may be a story book. It may be true.
No matter–it teaches what we must do.

Never again will God destroy what’s been birthed,
but it seems we humans don’t know what that’s worth,
when we continue to spill each other’s blood.

Unite this rainbow of humanity, respecting one another,
treating our neighbors as sisters and brothers.

We must evolve beyond hatred and violence,
and make a return to love, peace and common sense.

Take care of yourselves. Take care of your friends.
Each act of kindness ensures this world won’t end.

There is no end. There is only now.
We must follow the agenda of love somehow.

That is what is right. That is what is true.
We must be brave. Let nothing stop you.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.