This poem paints a stark portrait of modern civilization, hypermasculinity and their links to the destruction of Earth and its ecosystems. "Civilization" is one of many poems featured in my first book of poetry, The Supplanter (link to my book provided in my "About Me" tab).
The boy finds his power-stride,
civilizing the tall, verdant life
with his machete,
almost half as tall as he.
His middle body heaves
swollen in the humid air,
aimless shanks shambling
over tender roots.
No heed is paid to
nearby plastic bottles,
scraping soil in hushed brutality;
so preceding his own demise.
Not yet a life so precious
as witless destruction,
the apathet's cherished pastime.
To the contrary, for there is so much
to be had.