Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Gaia's Cry

Can you hear her?

A keening cry
from time out of mind

Wounded, bleeding
Poisins seeping

My children, what have you done?

I sheltered you
nourished you

Built your homes
Filled your bellies

My children, what have you become?


What once was good
and green
and growing

What walked
and swam
and flew

Look around you children

Polluted cities
Toxic rain
Forests destroyed
Waterways poisoned
Animals gone

Never to return

I ask you

Was it worth it?

The Writers Island prompt for this week is Earth. I started out trying to write a light, fluffy piece a la Douglass Adams about two beings from outter space discussing the mess that Earth had made of things, but this came instead.


Crafty Green Poet said...

I wonder too what have we done, what do we continue to do to the earth? Will we see sense in time?

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Well, I like this a lot, so don't sweat skipping the Douglas Adams bit.

As for the subject matter itself, we were going to take a drive about an hour north and go investigate a State Forest, but decided it wasn't worth using the gas and polluting. So we stayed home.

gautami tripathy said...

I truly enjoyed this! Mine is somewhat similar take! Yours is like a song though!

DrBurst said...

Yes, and we feel it today. I read this book 20% of students suffer from depersion. The devors rates are really high. It's bad.

jeques said...

I like the voice used ~ it effectively convey the message that pierced to the heart. As what I've mentioned in one of the comments I wrote, we can't live fearing and now weeping. Why don't we just go out of our back yards and plant a tree. Perhaps that would make the differnce.

I wish you well.

~ Jeques

Fairly Odd Mother said...

You are echoing something that is running through my mind lately---what can I do to help stop the bleeding? Or, is it all too late?

Mary Timme said...

I see the earth crying when wind kicks up a dust storm. It is nice to hear other's opinions on this subject. This was very lyrical.

paisley said...

i believe in all that you are bringing to the fore here robin,, i just have a hard time saying those things without having my first heart go out to the human animals themselves...

My children, what have you become?Destroying

Redness said...

Oh Nooo ... tooo deep, tooo sad :~( huge hugs to you all Around the Island for 2008 and Beyond.

keith hillman said...

A deep and thoughtful piece, but aren't we in danger of making things worse by feeding ourselves on a diet of negativity? Sometimes it's worth standing back and looking for the good in this world.

Brian said...

For some perhaps, but not for me.

Lea said...

I think sometimes... this earth cry is really our own cry, a mirror this planet, blue-green orb spinning through space...

Lea said...

and what I really wanted to say here??? Is that I here you Robin, I really do... XO

Magdalen Islands said...

You know even animals, herds, flocks, schools, if they stay in one place they pollute the area. Mankind is no different and the world, Earth will survive us.

tumblewords said...

Sometimes light and fluffy just doesn't cut it, does it? Questions multiply.

UL said...

Ah this is so beautiful, very touching and true.

Thank you for sharing.

Shannon said...

Love this and it is so true. What have we done?