NaPoWriMo Day 24: Interference

Interference

We pride ourselves on science

Rational thought

Methodology

And sound research

Yet there is so much mystery in nature

We cannot outsmart it

Yet we seek to control it

To the point where

It’s not nature anymore

Sterilized

Humanized

And urbanized

Let nature be natural

Wild

Free

And unpredictable

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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 21: Change

As I said yesterday, I have been thinking about the transformative nature of collective change in terms of the environment and any other social justice movement. Well, today on the blog for my graduate program, the founder of the program, Zoe Weil made an excellent post about this very topic. Check it out here

I wrote a poem in response to the blog and also the Ted Talk posted in the blog (which you can see here).

Change

Unconscious behaviors

Compounded collectively

Create an unaware population

That becomes apathetic

The individual

Is unable to see

Their smaller role

In a big problem

Take responsibility for your choices

Live with integrity

Model your values

And embrace goodness

It may be difficult

To change bad habits

But it is worthy

Of our effort

Conscious behaviors

Compounded collectively

Create an aware population

That changes for the better

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

NaPoWriMo Day 18: Catastrophe

This poem is somewhat inspired by Elizabeth Kolbert’s book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe.

Catastrophe

Climate stability led us to thrive

In a world that was once volatile and unfriendly

Our species was thriving, striving, always wanting more

Advancing to the point where

We are wreaking havoc on the planet

The emissions of our technological empire

Keep the temperatures rising steadily

Into climate chaos

Climate instability is may cause our demise

 

NaPoWriMo Day 16: Recycled Soul

This is another poem about my uncle who died when I was five but left me with so many life lessons in such a short amount of time. I am writing about him again because he has given me so much inspiration for the way I teach about caring for the Earth and its creatures and environment. 

Recycled Soul

You are no longer present

In your previous

Living form

But your energy is here

The organs

You volunteered to give

Before the accident

Brought new life

As with all things

Energy is reshaped and recycled

Never destroyed

You are still inspiring action

To have fun

To be present in nature

To be kind to all creatures

To respect the earth

You call me to teach others

In a gentle, caring way

Yet you were firm in your objectives

And so am I

There is no room for harm

From the teacher or the student

And in that sense

You live on in me