Imagine the world on which snow now falls
in fat fluffy flakes
limning everything near enough to be visible
thru the snow fog
with thick soft snow.
Imagine that invisible beneath the snow
a planetary grid divides the surface of our Earth
into innumerable geometric tiles
like the pentagons that cover a soccer ball.
Imagine that you are standing on
such a pentagonal tile
just large enough to give you
Imagine that each of its five sides is bounded
by five other tiles some occupied, some empty.
Now you must choose
to stay where you are or move
into an adjacent tile surrounded
by another set of choices.
Imagine there are consequences
for each move makes you richer or poorer
stronger or weaker
more lonely or more loved
lighter or heavier of heart
more or less alive.
Imagine that each move you make
also affects other beings including humans—
a soft word taketh away wrath
a hard word hardens it
carefully listening enlivens the speaker
half listening turns him away.
Imagine that every human on this global chessboard
is also making small but consequential moves—
eating a plate of cow meat or tofu
turning a key that fills the sky with carbon dioxide
or drains the electric grid that dams wild rivers
kneeling to pray to a cosmic tyrant
or voting for a populist thug or
moving two fingers across a board tiled with 26 keys
knowing that if enough of us deliver
words of truth
to minds that can still hear it
this empire of lies will vanish
like February snow.