May 14, 2018


On Earth


on Earth we are


seven-point-five billion

men, women and children

and beneath us lies

(again, approximately)

one-hundred-fifty million

square kilometers

averaging things

for the sake of argument

(once again, approximately)

fifty of us

could be filling

every square kilometer

if we all got together

to be uniformly far apart

(our cardinal neighbour

would always be distant

one-hundred-forty-two meters)

we couldnt turn around

without seeing someone

wed never not hear

their voice

thered always be a neighbour

to hear you call for help


which begs the question

of why I feel so alone


On Earth
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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