and a Man took his knife
willing to slaughter his child
his child’s children and their children

in the thornbush they watched
captains of fossil fuel industries
waiting to see the Man fulfill their delusion

the sky filled with extinct birds
the rocks cracked under extinct mammals
the ground swelled with dead micro-organisms

the Man looked up
his blinders dissolved
as his knife reflected rays of sunlight

fearing his child's wrath
the Man cut every arteria carotis
sacrificing the captains of industry


In 2019, Julia Steinberger published an article unpacking the word ‘Sacrifice’ in view of climate action on She concludes with referring to the story of Abraham and asks what it is we need to sacrifice. This poem builds on that paragraph to describe the moment of realization  whom to sacrifice.