Poison Gas

Farasha Euker

I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.

Agent Smith, “The Matrix”
They speak of the mask:
The necessity to wear a mask
at all times,
but these masks they want us to wear,
do not protect us
from their solution
that is worse than the problem.
Bacteria and viruses have existed
as long as life on this planet
has existed,
but there is one thing,
one bringer of destruction,
and death
that has existed only
a few sad centuries,
namely modern man.
Modern man,
that most deadly of forces,
most deadly of foes,
enemy of all creatures,
enemy of all life,
is the true virus,
and a truly terrifying virus
it is!
Modern man, who are you
to wreak such havoc?
Even Satan would be ashamed
at having made you.
Modern man destroys all
he touches,
and spreads out of control
like a plague,
which erases all beauty
from the face of the earth.
Bacteria, viruses, and parasites
are part of the grand ecosystem,
and for countless eons
we have coexisted with them
and they have made us stronger,
but now we have become Death,
destroyer of worlds,
and we, in our hubris,
are destroying even ourselves,
in our aim to destroy the few
lifeforms that could take us down
into the deep, dank soil
from which we sprang.
So we create our chemicals,
our putrid, hateful, vile, insidious
chemicals,
and we spray, spray, spray them
until we feel confident we have
eradicated a virus,
but we are the virus,
and we have turned all places,
both sacred
and profane,
and the earth itself
into a giant gas chamber.
These gases, made by evil corporations,
Clorox, Lysol, etc.,
smell and taste inhuman,
and burn the eyes of anyone who gets near;
they reek of death.
Modern, hubristic, man
proudly seated in his machines
smiles at turning the beautiful, sacred planet
into a dome of poison gases,
but since he is a virus,
perhaps he should
—instead—
disinfect himself
by jumping off
the tallest building
he can find.
Poetic justice?
Perhaps.
Symbolism?
Certainly!
We are certainly engaged in a mass,
collective
suicide.
Everything homo sapiens
has created in the last
three hundred years
should be wiped off
the face
of our once,
and potentially still,
beautiful
planet.