I want you to go deep into your memory.
Back to when you were a kid.
When the world was simpler,
Yet more wondrous.
Now travel to the worst memory of your life.
Maybe the day you broke your leg and ruined your summer.
Or maybe someone died.
Like a friend.
Or a family member.
Someone you loved.
Think about all the tears and the pain.
How their loss changed your life.
How dearly you missed them.
How you wish you go back in time and be with them.
How you hoped it wasn’t real.
The Vaquita is a family member.
Except this family member,
You can save.
If the Vaquita goes extinct,
You may not even know.
You could find out years later.
How guilty would you feel?
Did you ever feel so guilty,
Because you knew that something was your fault,
But someone else was punished.
Minorly or majorly.
Extinction is not minor.
Extinction means ‘to extinguish.’
In a way,
Losing the Vaquita is worse than losing a loved one.
Because we completely control the fate of the Vaquita.
We are holding the entire species in our hands.
Like a fragile egg.
We can manipulate its success.
But as a group,
We can save the Vaquita.
Because if we don’t,
The guilt will be overwhelming.
That’s right, we who know how much help the Vaquita needs are all responsible. We cannot turn our backs on it. We can’t assume that someone else will help. If not me then who?
Thanks for your wonderful poem and message.
Thanks for the comment! Very good translation.