A poem to the editor | LETTER

A deer wanders the streets.

Dazed, fear in its eyes.

The woodlands destroyed.

Bulldozers belch. Chain saws scream.

In a week is destroyed,

What it took centuries to build.

Day by day, another, yet another.

The wild creatures flee.

Nowhere to hide, a cruel death awaits.

A building is named.

The rats chatter and squeak.

Self-satisfied, they retreat into their holes.

Cars zoom by.

The deer is confused.

Two-legged rats squeak and point.

A lurid landscape emerges.

The wild habitat forever gone.

The soul of the city is destroyed.

What is the money for?

To squander and waste.

The precious jewel is smashed.

Me. Me. Me.

Take. Consume. Destroy.

Sterilize. Pave. Kill.

Lipstick on a pig.

The mirror shattered.

A legal menace festers.

Books over the water.

Money under the table.

A rotten stench permeates.

The process grinds on.

Bureaucrats shuffle papers.

The wild things scatter and hide.

Elsewhere wastelands abound.

Rotten buildings crumble and decay.

The answer? Destroy the precious jewels.

An era of meager malice.

For the rats a merry time.

For the wild things, a death knell.

The parasite moves on.

Ready for the next host.

An empty carcass is left behind.

The slaughter briefly pauses.

Of thousands, two are mourned.

Soon the death sentence continues.

A world of artificial pleasures.

Nature driven out from town.

Future generations robbed.

Daniel Goldman

Renton

More in Opinion

Still a ways away, but don’t give pet bunnies for Easter

I was going to save this column for spring, to mark the… Continue reading

Consider what you’re putting in your body

Lies by big companies have brought us opioid addiction, obesity and related health troubles.

Boeing hopes to build upon record year

Last year, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global study of aerospace manufacturing attractiveness found… Continue reading

Ways to drain the swamp

Many pundits predict American political warfare will worsen in 2019 and grow… Continue reading

Hoping for middle ground with regards to immigration issue

What would happen if all the undocumented immigrants went away? Both sides of the issue.

Christmas wreaths help ease pain

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving the death of a… Continue reading

America’s endless trap: matching ideals with reality

“We (the United States) are both fated to lead and fated to… Continue reading

Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy

Today’s super wealthy succeeded in another Gilded Age, negating many laws that protect middle class.

The future simply borrows from the past

We must be on guard, though, to search for understanding using history with an open mind.

What would you give up for world peace?

Would you give up your smart phone in exchange for world peace?… Continue reading

Reducing wildfire risk imperative | Brunell

While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. As our… Continue reading

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

What are logical fallacies? Ross Weisman’s article, “Is Your Reasoning Sound? A… Continue reading