When the ice was melting, where were you friend?
Where were you when the hurricane hit New York?
What did you say when they installed flood barrier on the Thames?
What did you do when they said there will be millions displaced?
Did you switch off your lights and taps and TV and radio?
Did you abandon your car and start walking your way there?
Did you raise concerns with your MPs or your congressmen?
Or did you open another beer when it was hot in winter?
What did you do when they said it will be harder to breathe?
Did you wear a mask and say the hell with everyone else?
When the droughts started to hit those poor nations, and they died:
the cattle, the crops, the flowers, the birds flying, the trees.
What did you do, friend? Where were you? Were you pleased?
Or did you stay quiet, and pass the buck? Remained at ease?
Poem by Taymaz Valley