"Everything to Lose" by Pattie Gonia
"Everything to Lose"
by Pattie Gonia
Welcome to the planet, my dears
Wipe your feet, come on in
No more need for coats in your mother’s den
Take a look around
Take a taste of the waste we’ve found
This … is plastic
And this ... is tragic
And it’s not going away
So let us sit
At the dinner table in the home we call nature
Come, let’s chat, I have an ice breaker
Are we still lighting candles while the house is burning?
While we throw flame and fight over who is right
our Mother does not bite her tongue or sit in silence
Oh no, Mother Natch is pissed
You see, a woman knows when she’s been told
When the men in the boardroom think she’s being too bold
Too proud, too outspoken, too much to handle
When she’s been made the doormat instead of the mantle
Is this our message in a plastic bottle?
XO hugs kisses
I’ll try better tomorrow
Day after day we send our regards
Millions and millions of plastic discards
P.S. We don’t give a damn.
But we should really give a damn.
Now I know what you’re saying, “It’s just a drop in the bucket”
“It’s just one plastic bag, one straw, so suck it”
Well suck. On. This.
Right now, there are more plastic pieces in the ocean
Than stars in the Milky Way
A billion plastic bags being used every single day
While we dress this mess in political gains and power change and profits made
Our mother says to go upstairs and put on something new
So come out of the closet and put on your boots
We’ve got a s**t ton of work to do.
So queens, let me be straight
Father Time is ticking on
And what will be left is what we have done
Our mother is dying while we are out living
We must turn the tide from taking to giving
We will make a difference if we dare choose
It’s time that we act …
We’ve got everything to lose.
(TICKING OF CLOCK)
Starring/Directing - Pattie Gonia, Wyn Wiley
Production Company - Wondercamp
Director/Editor - Tim Kressin
Producer - Davis Goslin
Assistant Producer - Jenny Dugan
Manager - Dayna Turnblom
Sustainable Designer - Angela Luna, ADIFF
Hair & Makeup - Katie Nash