Ghawar, Burqan, Cantarell, Da Qing.
These are the true heroes of our generation
Four vast pools of energy that lay dormant for eons
One by one, we uncovered them
and rejoiced in their seemingly unending bounty.
Of all the fields in the world, these four were kings,
yielding millions of barrels every day
so that we could throw off the shackles of sustainability
for a short while.
They were all the gods of Olympus rolled into one;
Prometheus, Demeter, Mercury, and most of all Mars.
Through their bounty most anything was possible.
Alas, Hubbert’s grim curve now beckons for them all.
Like most gods throughout time we took your presence for granted,
stopped being thankful for your gifts, and
instead demanded them as our birthright.
And we wasted much.
We consume without thought for the future.
What took eons to make
has been burned in the blink of an eye.