And we are well on our way

All over the universe, planets capable of supporting life will have evolved intelligent organisms. All over the universe those organisms will have invented systems of living that enable a small number of them to gain a very large share of the resources of the planet. All over the universe those systems will develop patterns of consumption of resources that make the planet incapable of supporting life and result in the eventual extinction of all the life forms on the now dead planet.

5pm, September 30, 1918

As I sit outside in the Sun,

400 million year old rock

beneath my feet,

guarding my chickens

against Goshawk death

from the blue sky,

dozens of tiny dinosaurs

fly past my chair – sparrowsaurs

and wrensaurs. The setting Sun

ends another day

of my 27,000 days

(or thereabouts) so far

on this ancient planet.