Primitives? an art work by T Newfields


Not creating synthetic waste
or polluting air, soil, or lake

Lacking notions of private ownership of land
or belief that profit makes life grand

Having no machines to roam through space
or propaganda tools for their faith

They're labeled "primitive"

. . . yet . . .
soon enough
civilizations taking haughty stands
amount to nothing but sand

Observe stream, animal, & lake
noticing the cycle of each day

Can we live simply?
Or will we hasten
our own decay?
Sam: Natural things also decay – this poem isn't logical.
Ted: Agreed. However, so-called "primitive" societies leave less imprint. Too many modern inventions take millennia to decay. As a result, we're choking in waste.
Terri: In that sense our whole civilization is primitive.
Tim: Perhaps so-called 'civilized' nations should learn from those that are 'primitive'.