Monkey Business

Monkey Business, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India copy
I remember a time
When simply breathing
Was dangerous

A time before
The Clean Air Act of 1970
The Environmental Protection Agency
Which gave the Act bite
And enforced its many regulations

I am reminded of that time
When I travel to countries
Which ignore the science
Or have no political will
To preserve the Earth
Which sustains us

I live in a time
When the country which lead the way
Suddenly, dropped the reigns

All too soon in time, I fear
This daily scene of choking air
Will return to a country
Which once funded the science
But now ignores it
Which once exercised the greatest will
But now descends into
Short-sighted self-interest

No greater danger
Have we ever faced
In any time

But this time
We turn away?

How sad

Monkey on a Rooftop
Red Fort nearly lost in the smog
Chandni Chowk
New Delhi, India

Taken during travels, 2017

In response to Danger! — this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.