National Poetry Writing Challenge, Day 22 is to write a georgic poem in honor of Earth Day. The georgic could be a simple set of instructions on how to grow or care something, but it could incorporate larger themes as to how land should be used (or not used) or for what purposes.
Notes – 1)Shalom is the Hebrew word for farewell. 2)In a whole year of 8760 hours, we can’t just devote one hour to the earth we live on. We have no existence without the earth.
Each one of us has a role. If you’re wondering what you can do to help, say “No” to plastic bags, stop using plastic disposable plates, cups etc., plant some trees, nurture some plants, don’t waste electricity, don’t waste paper and be the center of the circle of influence. Let’s do what we can. We owe it to this world. We owe it to our children.
We call it progress,
All we did was digress,
Forgot the basic tenet,
We and the elected senate,
It’s time we watch out,
Can’t continue to flout,
All the signs out there,
Are saying “Beware, Beware”!
The glaciers are melting,
Fresh water’s depleting,
Sea levels rising,
Why isn’t anybody listening?
Flowers are wilting,
A sure slow poisoning,
For what are we waiting?
Tornadoes, Thunder showers, Cyclones, Hurricanes,
Floods, Forest fires, Droughts, Heavy Rains,
Tsunamis, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, the impacts insane,
We’re destroying the earth for our personal gains,
The generations to come shall pay the price and bear the pains,
And think of us with utter disdain,
We don’t care, We won’t be there, so let them clean up our stains,
While we ignore and ignore and continue to feign!
Awaken, one and all, open your eyes to the destruction,
Industrialization’s negative repercussion,
Arms and ammunition, aggravating the situation,
Graver than climate change, the rising air pollution,
Flora, fauna and the human race, on the path to extinction,
Talking’s no more a solution,
What’s required is a collective action,
It’s their job, not ours, a faulty notion!
Let the children not pay the price for our indifference,
Let’s work together to make a difference,
Not enough an hour out of Eight thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty,
Not enough a day out of Five and Three Hundred and Sixty,
Not enough to change our losses into wins,
Not enough to pay for our sins,
It’s our planet, our world, our home,
Let’s each do our part before we say Shalom, Shalom.
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