As the humans watched their homes smolder
They heard animal cries
Heart wrenching sounds
They had never heard before
Shrieks into cracks in the cosmos
Pleading
Beseeching
From the charred landscapes
Utterances beyond language
Creature disseminations
Beastly elucidations
If they could understand the science
If their screams could turn to words
If they could express their discontent
Decarbonize
They might say

The earth looms above
As a device of our minds
We don’t really believe
We are just specks
on a tiny ball
It’s just an abstraction
Beyond concepts
But this is quite real
Man will say
When the wildlife goes away
What were we thinking?
Why the land clearing?
And why did we think that we were immune
From dirty fossil fuels?
Night darkens
The embers brighten