NaPoWriMo day 14: Put the Pen Down

So, this poem is more about our relationship with the environment through the products we use and produce which is also an important aspect of environmental ethics. I am always surprised by how little we know about how the products we use are made and what they are made of. The inspiration for this particular poem came from an assignment in my Environmental Ethics course, where I will be researching a certain pen’s impact on the environment and the ways in which it is produced. I am excited to eventually (hopefully) answer some of the questions posed by this poem.

Put the Pen Down

They say

That the pen is mightier than the sword

But could the pen

Be more like the sword itself?

What is the pen made of?

Solvents and alcohols…

Ethylene glycol and monobutyl ether…

Encased in an attractive, plastic package

Millions of them exist

Produced in a factory by people

Who likely shield themselves

From the contents

And can you breathe the air

That surrounds the facility?

How do they handle

The waste they produce?

Trade secrets

Proprietary formulas

It’s not a food

Don’t you dare ask the recipe

The writing utensil

Seems so innocent

Convenient and useful

We do not ponder the risk

Yet given thought

The pen could be like poison

Accurate information

Is mightier than the sword



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 6:

I’ve been on a big kick about complaining about plastic waste and pollution of the oceans lately in my poetry. For me it’s one of the most disturbing environmental trends because it’s so easily preventable and has such a profound effect.These poems may sound a bit like a broken record. I wanted to write one more about the whales I keep seeing talked about on facebook and the internet news sites. — this is just one of many reports. It’s so upsetting because whales are facing enough problems in the ocean, and this is so easily preventable. It’s simple–do your part to be mindful of the waste you create, and don’t allow it to be dumped into the ocean!

I think tomorrow I’ll try to write about another topic…

It’s our fault

Dead whales wash ashore

People rush to solve the mystery

Opening its stomach

Inside lays a heap of plastic garbage and such

Gulped up

Too big to pass through

Polyethylene terephthalate

Is not a nutrient


It IS our fault

But it WAS preventable

We are complacent

But we can take action

We need to


The Earth

Becomes a graveyard


Day 3-NaPoWriMo: “Good” Growth

“Good” Growth

Inspired by the book Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart


A seed falls to the ground

A seedling pops up out of the earth

A leaf accents the seedling

The roots grow into the ground

The tree grows taller and taller

Its branches provide shade

A seed falls from great heights

And so it forms another tree

The cycle continues


A fetus forms in a mother’s womb

A child is born

They get all they need from their mother’s breast

The child begins to learn

They become an adult, living their lives

Eventually they die

Family gathers and shares the good they brought to their lives

Then they become one with the soil


An industry is created

Toxic chemicals are made in a lab

To be used in products made in factories

Marketed and sold

“You need this,” they say

Where will it go when you no longer want it?

It never gets old or decays, it never rots away

The life of the product is permanent forever


The industry continues on

We continue to buy, buy, buy

Life is becoming so fast

We forget how to slow down

The world is densely populated

The goal is to “develop” the poor

Yet we just make them tied to the capital machine

At what cost?


Do with less

Make more with more

Slow down!

What if industry

Was like the tree or the child?

Regenerating, invigorating, empowering

Giving back

Doing no harm





Day 2-NaPoWriMo

Live with Less

Consume, Consume

Buy, Buy

What do we do with all this stuff when we die?


I want, I want

I need, I need

In the Lorax these things are called “sneeds”


Excess, Excess

Waste, Waste

Containers for everything, from shampoo to toothpaste


Piles of crap


We need to start to care


Less is more

Make your legacy greater than your pile of rubble

Leave the earth a better place, with less trouble