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"Four" Cast The earth's been here four billion years, But humans mere four million. How often has the atmosphere Received a "global killing?" Have comets many seared the skies, Volcanoes oft erupted? What oceans parched till desert-dry And climates left disrupted? How many times has planet warmed, Engorged with greenhouse gasses, While glaciers melted and reformed On continental masses? Has dust obscured the solar light For years without a summer? Have days turned into winter nights For years too long to number? It's only four millennia Since first we scratched the surface Of planet's cornucopia For our own selfish purpose. It's just been last four centuries That we've begun to batter Environment by felling trees And killing life that matters. Since only forty years ago Have we possessed the power To threaten nearly all we know From elephant to flower. If manage we to do our worst On scale approaching global, Can really we the planet hurt, So ancient and so noble? No more than mere mosquitoes we To earth so long receiving Assaults imposed externally And from infernal regions. So let us in our arrogance Destroy what we should cherish. In thousand years times forty hence, Just we that will have perished.
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