The gleaming metal shone in the sun as it plummeted towards the planet’s verdant surface,
splashing into the bluest of blue seas, it bobbed quietly, rising and falling with the waves.
A gap appears near the top and emerging from the darkness into the light came figures,
each stood shaking on wobbly legs fell into a flimsy inflatable dinghy thrust into the water.
The motor throbbed into life and seeking land flew through the soaking water easily until,
riding up a golden beach the engine silenced the humans within sat enchanted, entranced
by the myriad birds, their songs and the babble of animals calling from the nearby jungle.
Faces hidden behind helmets. Mouths wide in shock. It’s the wrong place, they whispered.
None of them expected the lush, luxuriant growth, only a desert and a plastic filled sea,
for long ago some came and found the inhospitable climate, deserts and poisoned air.
Turning the faces to the green or the blue their eyes lit up with the abundance of food
for furry creatures as well as birds and at last they breathed in the pure, fresh air.
One of them started to send the message that the earth was pristine, a place for people,
then stopped and propping his device his knee, pondered, paused and then panicked.
Humans will again be bringing their pollution and practices and plunder the resources
til plastic mounts, privilege outweighs sense and the populace dies from overheating.
A woman, thoughtful and brilliant in her comprehension of the peril for this paradise.
reached down and picking up the receiver, smashed it with a rock, took her own tech
and solemnly, slowly the others saw her point and looking hard at the joyous bounty
nodded, joined her and then they walked into the depths of the jungle and courageously