NaPoWriMo Day 26: Exploiting Water Haiku

Exploiting Water

Water is taken

In severe drought conditions

By corporations

I wasn’t sure if this poem would remain a haiku at first. I kept adding to it but then I thought I was over explaining the issue, or it just wasn’t that poetic. I had a hard time articulating the issue. But I think it is messed up that bottled water companies are taking water from communities that need to limit their tap water usage while they make a huge profit over bottling and using what little water is left for their products. We need to be okay with drinking more tap water and stop buying bottled water. The tap water is more regulated, more regularly tested, and more protected than bottled water, believe it or not. And bottled water comes from the same source as the tap most of the time! And then put into plastic containers that leech harmful chemicals when they sit too long. Don’t believe the hype that the bottled water companies try to sell you. If your local water source has problems or doesn’t taste good, it is worth fighting to improve. If we all switch to having to buy our water, or drinking more liquids that aren’t water (like soda, juice, etc), we will pay a big price for it (health wise, financially, etc). 

NaPoWriMo Day 25: Stream of Conscious

Hi! Yesterday in my environmental ethics course, we had to give presentations for our course capstone via video conference. One of my classmates shared some really inspiring poetry and she had us write stream of conscious poetry for 3 minutes and then share what we wrote on the topic of being a source of light (or something to that effect, I’m forgetting now). Today I decided to do the same thing, instead with the topic of “Environment.” To my surprise this actually brought up some further thoughts about lightness (and darkness). Here is what I came up with:

Environment

(Stream of conscious poetry)

The earth

Nature

We have to protect it

Turning round and round

Changing every day

Global warming

Climate change

Oceans boiling

Air temperatures rising

CO2 emissions

Smog

Animals are dying out

Will we?

Why do humans think

We’re in control

We are not perfect

Just because we’re intelligent

It does not mean we have all the answers

We are in the darkness sometimes

Feeling around in it

Can we find the light?

What if we can’t?

NaPoWriMo Day 22: Earth Day

Earth Day

Doing your shoreline cleanups

Planting trees

Flowers

Making a park look pretty

Once a year or so

Is not enough

The earth needs your help every single day

What would happen

If we all vowed to do more

To protect our planet

You can pick anything

From changing a small habit

And acting on it daily

To pitching in on a bigger cause

Educating and raising awareness

Speaking out

Defending all creatures

So our planet will still be beautiful

When we are no longer here

 

NaPoWriMo Day 20: Your Attitude

I’m stuck trying to write a poem about how being a mentor for someone to change their habits, actions, or ideas that effect the earth, their health, or another area of social justice can have a ripple effect. I can’t seem to come up with the right words and it keeps morphing into a different kind of poem. Here’s what I have today after pondering the subject. It’s not the message I originally set out to send.

Your Attitude

Your positive

Non judgmental

Meet-you-where you’re at

Attitude

Can be more effective

Than a negative

Guilt-driven

Overwhelming

One

The way you react

And treat another

When they are

“Not there yet”

Can make

An impact

On their ability

To make new choices

To help the planet

NaPoWriMo Day 19: The Present Will Become the Past

The Present Will Become the Past

It’s hard to be hopeful

With all the doom and gloom

It’s easy to give up

And become stagnant

Keep walking down the path

You may struggle to move forward

But moving backwards

Is awkward

There’s a reason

We cannot travel

Back in time

Or speed up to the future

Stay conscious

Of your actions in the present

Make the future

Better than the past