A poem for the environment
Our prize-winning school poet, Alice Cronin, explores the dangerous issues our environment is facing:
A Nonclassical Poem...
Classic poems about landscapes, love or autumn,
mostly positive and upbeat
but never address the real problem,
too many problems and too little poets.
Buzzwords lose their meaning,
all used too often,
heartfelt messages lose their feeling,
lost after repetition.
Pollution in lakes and streams,
aquatic life deceasing,
the major extremes
of lingering particles in their waters.
Innocent animals’ eyes get flushed with chemicals,
and will die for our sake,
the unrecognised criminals
of animal testers.
Too much meat is ingested,
something we can live without
for it is only just digested,
or perhaps even spat out.
Limited nutrients in soil,
takes an eternity to replenish,
deforestation for crude oil,
and loss of habitat for orangutans.
Then the most obvious,
the warming climate,
although some people are oblivious
to the impacts it has.
These issues may be a strain
but these issues must be explained,
I may be tapping on your brain,
but wake up and smell the air pollution,
the problem hasn’t even unfurled.
If you’ve read this poem,
you’re halfway there to saving the world!
Alice Cronin, Year 9