And God said, “Let man have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over
the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
And the fish of the sea said, “Uh-oh.”
And the fowl of the air said, “Looks like trouble.”
And the cattle said, “Lord have mercy.”
And the creeping things that creepeth upon the earth didn’t say anything at all.
And it came to pass that man imposed his dominion over all the earth
And he extinguished species
And he destroyed habitats
And he poisoned rivers
And he warmed the atmosphere
And he empowered the greedy.
And there was evening and there was morning
And God saw that it was bad
And He said, “I think I might have made a mistake.”
And it might not be too late to salvage something of this planet Earth
But it is getting awfully damn close.
Pesach Rotem was born and raised in New York and now lives in Yodfat, Israel. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and J.D. from St. John’s University. He is a member of the Israel Association of Writers in English.