By Catherine Deegan
The syzygy of betrayal and kiss.
Coins: minted in silver, bathed in blood,
The infamous event of treachery.
Mother of Jesus, mother of Judas:
The syzygy of motherhood and death.
How could he do it?
But we are as innocent as Judas
Cash: minted in plastic, thrown in the sea.
Unfaithful to all flora and fauna:
mothers of humans are mothers of greed.
The syzygy of motherhood and death
What have we done?
Betraying all Earth’s creatures: great and small.
With shards-of-glass hearts and sun- kissed faces
We mute lilting voices and devour trees.
The mother of you, and mother of me:
The syzygy of Mother Earth and death.
What must we do?