Living Blindly

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #77  (posted by Rosemary)
"Boiling Over"

"‘Human arrogance is boiling over’ said Rob Kistner in a comment to a recent Writers’ Pantry, after writing a moving poem about the need for poets to speak out about environmental damage; this poem, which I invite you to read now if you missed it before.

I replied to his comment that it was such a good line, it deserved to be used in a future poem. So, right now, let’s all use it as inspiration – not necessarily the words themselves so much as the idea. (If you do use the actual words, please add a footnote to say you're quoting Rob.) With that inspiration, let’s use our poetic voices now to speak for our earth and its inhabitants."

Who decided our motto
would be Take, Take, Take?
Fake bravado.  There is 
nothing to take, when nothing
is owned.

Who decided that we are superior to:
  Mother Earth and her flowering children
  Animals that have been here from the beginning
  Insects that work diligently to live

There are many species
in this world.  We are
not the best example.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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15 Responses to Living Blindly

  1. Rall says:

    We are the worst example.


  2. Well said, and I love the wry understatement of the conclusion.


  3. Helen L Dehner says:

    A reminder for all! Cheers ….


  4. Lisa says:

    Oh, that is so true that we are not the best example! As Rosemary put it, what an understatement!


  5. oldegg says:

    Sadly humanity considers itself the owner and predominate creature in Earth. It is about time we were forced to protect all living things and ensure that they conntinue to exist. Unfortunately we have a strange habit of deciding what living things are suitable for the world when we are the least useful to keep everything safe.


  6. Jim says:

    We are shirking our duty of being the earth’s caretakers. I hope we don’t get relieved.


  7. Annette Kalandros says:

    Very well done!


  8. A perfect response to the prompt. Goodness knows that when it comes to arrogance, no one does it better than humanity. And every other living thing pays for it.


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