Artificial Nature

By Yuzo Lai

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We live in a world where numbers define pride,

A cruel system that people abide. 

Despite this continuous fabricated reality,

It is a cycle; a curse on humanity.

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Now, electronics only use zeros and ones,

With solely two numbers, every platform runs. 

Input: A like, a comment, an act of so-called lenity,

Output: An emotion, self-worth, a person’s identity.

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We come in as a piece of the natural world,

Yet in this place, our minds are hypnotized and whirled.

What used to be trees are widgets,

What used to be nature are simply digits.

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Touch. Meaning come into or be in contact with.

Touch. Now meaning contact with screens. 

Don’t take climate change as a myth,

And stop being bystanders,

Watching us lose touch with nature…

Industrialization.

While nature hopes for realization. 

Destruction. 

We continue the production.

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Who knew corals were once vibrant?

Now factories have become Earth’s tyrant. 

Corals like skeletons, completely bleached,

A state of the environment we have clearly breached.

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One moment, a wave is there. 

The next moment, it’s slipped through our fingers, like air. 

Will the next generation recall that wave?

Or will the memory just be buried in a grave?

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Let’s hope for a revival,

Mother nature’s survival. 

Perhaps now, in a just reality,

We can redefine humanity.

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Yuzo Lai

My name is Yuzo Lai, and I am currently a sophomore in high school. In terms of extracurriculars, I am dedicated to performing arts (primarily dance), as I find a lot of joy through movement. Additionally, my preferred genre of writing is definitely fiction, as I love to guide and spread words using imagination. Contact Yuzo Lai @lai48119@sas.edu.sg

 

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