NaPoWriMo Day 23: Rights

Rights

Smog

Pollution

Dirty air

We have to breathe

Contaminants

Runoff

Dumping

We have to drink

Waste

Landfills

Heaps of trash

We have to be clean

Chemical pesticides

Super bugs

Heavy metals

We have to eat

When the environment is treated with disrespect

We can not fulfill our basic needs

Environmental rights

Are human rights

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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 11: Tired and Worn

I’m having one of those days where this is one of the last things I do in the day, where I am tired and this is not something I want to think about or talk about the subject I’ve picked (the environment). Instead of writing another haiku which I often do when short on time (although I swear sometimes I put more thought and effort into them than some other poems), I decided to share the frustrated feeling I am having when it feels like I can’t find inspiration. Yet there is inspiration everywhere I look. I wrote this very quickly, but I still like it and think it’s worthy of sharing for today’s entry. 

Tired and Worn

Lacking inspiration

When there is too much

To draw from

When everywhere you turn,

Everything you see,

Reminds you

Of what is happening

To our planet

At our expense

NaPoWriMo Day 8: Cooler, Warmer

Okay, so this poem is sort of inspired by something that has very little to do with climate change or environmental ethics. It is inspired by the horrible slogan for Rhode Island tourism (“cooler, warmer”) that we Rhode Islanders were revolted by and demanded they do not use (after spending millions of tax dollars on the campaign, of course). Here is a link to a news article on the subject. While I am not interested in coming up with a new slogan for my state, I am interested in repurposing the slogan for raising awareness of environmental issues, and it works pretty well I think! 😉

Once Cooler, now Warmer

Rising temperatures in the oceans cause problems for sea creatures as bone crushing predators migrate (for more information on the subject and my inspiration, go here)

The south

Once warmer

Is now hotter

The north

Once cooler

Is now warmer

 

Predators like sharks and rays

Were absent in the waters

Of the poles

If the water gets warmer

They move where it’s cooler

 

Suddenly, the soft sea creatures

Who live

In the farthest points of the planet

Will be consumed by bone crushing predators

The balance will be disturbed

When the waters get warmer