Whose Time Has Come – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: From acmstravel.com a view of the Whanganui River, NZ which in 2012 was recognised in NZ law as a natural entity with legal rights equivalent to humans. This followed on from the first landmark case in 2008 in Ecuador when the Vilcabama River was protected by granting it rights at law.

“Nature cannot be seen solely as a resource to be owned, exploited and profited from.” Suzanne Benally

Whose Time Has Come

Global never thinks local,
only to its own lusted desires,
but among the suited ties of
the mean sx landing barges
comes the conscienced 
resistance of the locals, 
whose time has come to speak
of cousins as rivers and trees,
whose rights are sacred and
who now wait to sue the suits
off miners who would euthanase 
every breath of life in an irony
of futures doomed.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®


Filed under awareness, community, ecology, Economics, environment, Free Verse, Indigenous, injustice, justice, life, nature, poem, quote

16 responses to “Whose Time Has Come – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I didn’t know that some rivers now have rights.

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  2. The global owners of food and needs
    will eventually be undermined by their greed
    unfortunately nature will also stopped producing seeds

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  3. Yes indeed, the locals have to resist the advances of corrupted,greedy individuals hellbent on achieving profit alone. ❤

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  4. If only nature can speak. A wonderful reminder Paul.

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  5. Wow! What a great change. I hope we will also do so. Let the nature become our partner, not remain as our slave. xx Michael

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  6. Charis Counselling

    Very true and worded so well


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