Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Wordy Thursday with Wild Woman~Earth Grief
“The topic of climate change is on our minds and on the news these days as never before. Floods, hurricanes, wildfires, a heating planet, melting poles: Mother Earth is struggling desperately under the heavy load of human and corporate demands. Those of us who are aware may be carrying what I call”earth grief” as a result.
WE are doing this, with our relentless and voracious demands on a struggling planet.
It is our task, as poets who love all life, to put our pain, our fears and our hopes into words. Using as many or as few words as you need, write about earth grief / climate change in general.
Pick one facet of the planet’s struggle and give voice to it: wildfires, elephant massacres, extinctions, plastic garbage dumps in the sea, dying coral reefs, grieving mother orcas – whatever you are most moved by in this moment.
If this is too depressing, write your poem about the beauty of the natural world, all that you hold dear.
Let’s sing our pain and our love to our suffering Mother Earth.”
I wonder where children will swim
when lakes and rivers thin,
and water use must be curtailed.
We start to see how we have failed.
Precious liquid difficult to attain
is dirty, polluted with plastic remains,
bottles, cans, and medical waste.
We start to see how we have defaced.
The beautiful earth of animals and trees,
where we experience even the death of bees.
Mother Nature’s colors bleed brown.
We start to see how we have brought it all down.