How We Stopped Corporate Psychopaths from Cooking Planet Earth

For Mary DeMocker

By Scott T. Starbuck

We planted trees everywhere at once.
Facebook posted only the words “Go outside.”

“Destroy Your Television Day” grew more popular 
than Xmas and the 4th of July.

Children of execs saw themselves as global citizen
sand despite every temptation and distraction

disowned their wayward parents.
ExxonMobil became BlueOrbSolar.

Each country committed to saving 
one thing from extinction — them.

People wondered why it took so long.

Starbuck is a co-creative writing coordinator at San Diego Mesa College, was a Friends of William Stafford Scholar at the “Speak Truth to Power” Fellowship of Reconciliation Seabeck Conference, an Artsmith Fellow on Orcas Island, writer-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and 2016 PLAYA climate-change resident in poetry. His ecoblog, Trees, Fish, and Dreams, with audio poems, is at

Scott T. Starbuck is a poet/activist. His books are Industrial Oz: Ecopoems, noted by Bill McKibben as “rousing, needling, haunting,” Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems, available at Fomite Press (preferred) and Amazon.