POETRY THAT PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT
by Christopher D. Sims
Poems that are concerned about the birds,
oil spills, environmental degradation, destruction of planet Earth.
We need poems that care. Poems that cry silently When Exxon or Shell destroy life on shorelines
or when politicians look at pipelines running through our precious soil and see dollar signs.
We need environmentally friendly poetry!
Poetry that gathers activists, organizers,
in the thousands to march, protest, and speak out against Keystone legislation that overlooks the needs and wants of the nation.
We need tree loving, tar sands protecting, wildlife preserve loving poetry that is ready to defend lands the indigenous people have considered for years.
We need poems that are willing to stand with Native tribes as they fight the factions that have taken and reshaped their lands, poems that takes their hands and raises them to form fists that unite one tribe to the next.
We need poems that pause, breathe, pray, meditate. Poems that relate to the decisions we will make
that will have long reaching effects on the people who will populate this planet long after we are gone.
We need poems that understand the children
Will be here when we’ve failed to create a better future for a cleaner Earth.
We need poetry that protects the environment!
This poem by Christopher Sims appears in our NATURAL VOICES: CELEBRATING NATURE WITH OPENED EYES anthology.
April is National Poetry Month and since we like to celebrate nature with poetry and prose we’re going to share with you throughout the month some of the poems (and prose) from our own anthology called NATURAL VOICES: CELEBRATING NATURE THROUGH OPENED EYES. There are 14 authors in the book and one author’s name will be drawn randomly each time we post a poem or prose excerpt from the book until all authors have been represented. Check our news blog regularly for the poem/prose posts. Read more about National Poetry Month here: https://poets.org/national-poetry-month
Get your copy of the anthology here: https://www.naturalland.org/merchandise/