These Fractions Make Me Fractious
Fractions can be useful, we can’t deny.
Percentage, pi, and what slice of the pie
We can get; the discounts, bargains and gains.
Yet while we are taking all of these pains;
Working out added value, returns, wealth,
Sneaking up with inevitable stealth
Are consequences. What portion is left?
When we’re winning, who’s losing? Who’s bereft
Of Beauty. Life. Value. The synergy
Nature provides? We glut on energy,
Sap Earth’s resources. Who has really won?
Two-thirds of animals – gone.
Three-quarters of insects – gone.
Nine-tenths of the world’s fish – gone.
This ratio of survival. Who’s won?