A Poem: “Judgment Day”


He will ask us,

“Why did you not save

the planet I gave you?”


And we will reply,

“We did not know

the end was near.

We could not see it coming.”


And He will say,

“Did you not witness

the flooding in New Brunswick?


“Have you not seen

the rage of Hurricane Maria

in Puerto Rico?


“Were you not presented

with images of melting glaciers

in Greenland?


“Have you closed your eyes

to the rising sea level

in the Maldives?


“Did you turn your back

on the wildfires

burning California?


“Have you not been given scientists

to warn you

in every language?”


And there will be silence.


Will we stand there,

searching for answers,

as the gates of Heaven



(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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