Still life from a silent spring

I.
Crushed by a boot
the marigold’s nectar
will never feed the bees.

II.
Rain flushed through
drainpipes
will school the one-finned fish.

III.
After turning up the heat –
brimstone acid
burns both leaves and lungs.

IV
In the shadow of a tree
a fawn is waiting
for the doe at gunpoint.

V
I scribble poetry
on paper heartbeats
from a dying forest.

Still life with game by Andre Derain

Still life with game by Andre Derain

I was so inspired by Grace’s ecopoetry prompt at dVerse so I had to write a second one. Just five little stones to put humanity in nature. Come join us and write your own.

January 26

18 responses to “Still life from a silent spring

  1. And a second, very well done! We leave for Bermuda on Saturday. Will live there, in St. George, for the months of February and March. Have you been? It is a series of connected islands, 23 miles long and 2.5 miles at the widest. There is no natural source of water there — other than the sea surrounding it. It was an uninhabited island when discovered….so no “indigenous” people. The amazing and beautiful white “ribbed” roofs are used to direct rainfall through their maze and down a drain into an underground container — below each building/house. Their rainwater is then pumped into the house for drinking water, bathing, etc. Quite an amazing system! And yes, we drink the water….

  2. All good, but it appears I’m in good company when I say this was inspired.
    ‘I scribble poetry
    on paper heartbeats
    from a dying forest’.

    I could just eat that for pudding!

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