On this freaky and paltry planet
wandering round a trifling star
in a middling sort of galaxy
a freaky species - the first with intentionality -
is well on its way to achieving
a minor episode of extinction.
The last (major) extinction
millions and millions of years ago
took millions of years of tectonic upheavals
and slidings, vast volcanic eruptions, meteor-impact,
dramatic (but slow) global warming and cooling,
but the current little extinction didn't get going
until about 200 years ago and might take
less than 100 years more of wanton pollution,
pandemics, bio-breakdown and war.
Is this a record ? I ask
my young friend, the plesiosaur.