Environmental Disasters All

Environmental Disasters All


Slowly kicking  through the fallen leaves in autumn
I bend to retrieve  the shiny object
a lug nut from an automobile
fallen by the way
And I think of other precious finds
of my
meandering soulful
I begin  pondering  from whence they come

A rainbow colored headband  no doubt from a local
college kid out hiking
and then  a dog collar  from a favorite pet
another commune  with nature
beer cans at the cemetery
used needles down at the park

Turning on the nature  show and see  environmental gathering
at the ice caps the helicopter still in view
and wonder about the turbo-jet
and the plumes of jet fuel and smoke too
and as they fly away
the natives tear up and cry
and they wave and they wave

Then a smiling  celebrity mentoring   the staring children
at the school
climbs back onto the Lear -jet
and fly’s back to Hollywood
not before she sang kum-ba-ya
not before she attains the donations
from the children’s  desks
and candy drives
what did that cost ?

And it leads me to my own childhood my
father  a chainsaw and a diesel powered dozer
an axe a fire and a woods boss too
tearing away the earth
leaving the broken ground
and torn trees
and I wonder
of environmental disasters
and given it all and how it’s
really done
I wonder

And Just who has  done the most damage ?


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Sometime in my life, I started to write about my life journey, in poetry, in story perhaps to sort them out and enter them into a place of safekeeping. The soul of the writer is perhaps best described in their words, emotions and thoughts. If these poems or stories touch something inside you then maybe I have succeeded in sharing. I will not write about my self in profile, because self isn't so important in writing. Only the journey in words and the sharing are important. Why would we say "Now about me!"... I'd rather write about life, nature, serenity ...

4 thoughts on “Environmental Disasters All

  • October 12, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Exactly, Ed. It doesn’t take much to work out who has done the most damage. Wonderful words here and I love how you structure your the lines of your poems on the page uniformly. Well done.

  • October 12, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Environmental damage is so sad and defeating for all humanity and for our dear Mother Earth. I always remember what Native Americans believed in the old days: “Walk softly upon Mother Earth and take no more than what you need. And always give back.” When I go out in the desert to gather sage, I take little gifts for each plant and give thanks to the spirit of that plant when I take a pinch or two. And I never take from the Grandfather plant, for that is the one that gave life to all the others. Well done, Ed. Thank you.

  • October 12, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Nicely stated Ed, of the impact we have had on the natural world. We are so selfish in our beliefs and attitude in taking what we want regardless. Great work my friend.

  • October 12, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    True enough it is a mess just from natural disaster and no need to be more by us. Well done, Ed.


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