When?: Ramblings of a sober poet

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Ramblings of a sober Poet
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WHEN

Will you write a poem for the earth?

Will it happen on the

day the last tree dies?

Or the preceding months

when dead birds were falling from the brown skies.

Or will it happen on the day the last of all the animals, locked in a high security zoo ,dies of old age and loneliness?

Will you write a poem for the earth then?

 Factory chimneys stand erect,

ejaculating black smoke up mother natures thighs,

while we stand by impressed by our new found productivity

just dump it in the nearest river and get on with it.

Fish float to the surface,a blues with oily scales

waltzing in the smog.

the skies cry,rancid toxic rain burns away city concrete

and the fleshy things that live in them.

Will you write a poem for the earth?

Will it happen soon

or will it happen

The day the last tree dies,

On the day you cant afford to Breathe?

When private companies raise the price on lab manufactured oxygen..

The day grass and butterflies, singing birds and fresh water rain have all become distant rusty memories.

Will you write a poem for the earth then?

A barren wasteland that gives birth to nothing,

That refuses to turn our rotting bodies back to dust.

A planet covered in a blanket of death, and a sickly festering stench

with no winds to blow it a way.

Will you write a poem for the earth then

When whales mourn ,

swimming through the blood of overfishing and rusty harpoons.

Blocking out the sun.

Seahorses with heavy tumors, and disfigured starfish are dragged to a seabed

littered with barrels of mans lack of responsibility and respect for mother earth .

Will you write a poem for the earth then?

©Richard Quaz Roodt 2011

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Comments
  1. brian says:

    bleak imagery…smoke stacks ejaculating up mother natures thighs…that will stick with me…ugh…visceral stuff….thanks for the eco message though…

  2. Pat Hatt says:

    Damn hard hitting for sure, yeah most take the earth for granted, wonderful disection of it all the way through.

  3. Heaven says:

    Sad images of what we do to Mother Nature…

    Nice lines here:
    “Blocking out the sun.

    Seahorses with heavy tumors, and disfigured starfish are dragged to a seabed

    littered with barrels of mans lack of responsibility and respect for mother earth .”

  4. mairmusic says:

    A sad commentary on today.

  5. C Rose says:

    Powerful write and profound argument to our present condition. Wonderful write ~ Rose

  6. Nadeem Dollie says:

    wow… beautiful and sad… Never knew the 2 could go together so well…

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