At crossroads, Alice met the Cheshire Cat
who told her one way led to the Hatter,
one to the March Hare--and her choice
didn't matter as they were both quite mad.
Beware the talking heads at our crossroads—
The choices are not equal. One puts health
concerns first, and another the economy,
but neither suggest roads to healthy wealth.
Or wealthy health. Hmm?
Ask earth to take a vote. Ask hovering
bodies like moon and sun and all the birds.
Without commercial words they cannot lie,
and more—without their vote—our plans won’t fly.
Healthy wealth collaborates with nature.
We can’t predetermine the big answers,
and we can’t take short cuts to save time.
Maybe short steps will do, or a long climb.
So first, how will we read the earth, how ask
the sun and moon their views? Let’s see where birds
are healthiest, and what non-flying ones
observe. Let's mingle. Learn each other's words.
for earthweal's weekly challenge: THE CROSSROAD
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