Poem: 4:53 Sunrise in Surry

Here is poem #2 of a 3 poem series from my grad school residency trip to Surry, Maine.

4:53 Sunrise in Surry

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Every morning my body woke me

At 4:50 am

Same time.

Every day.

My body was waking me on purpose

It knew I had never seen the sunrise

That I really wanted this experience

But I did not know what time it was at

With some prying

I discovered my body was already aware

4:53 sunrise in Surry

It was time to witness

The beautiful reflection of the sun

Coming up

And making an impression on the clouds and me

Alone, by the ocean

As I walked through the forest path

That led to the shore

I was apprehensive of my solitude

But when I arrived, I saw the horizon

The gradual lightening of the sky

The sun was blocked from my view

From the tallest, greenest trees

Yet that did not matter to me

I still saw the pink, purple and orange

Wisps of sky

The clouds reflected the colors back at me

When I looked down into the water

On the rocky shore

This mirror effect was telling me:

You were meant to be here, right now

In the quiet, calm, beautiful world

Something

You never allow yourself to have

And you deserve it.

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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 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 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