The way we fare
with soil and air
with elk and hare;
how do we dare
to mine and tear
our earth apart?
beware it’s for
our future heir
How can we bear
to be greedy and unfair?
How do we dare?
Today Linda hosts with the Quadrille at dVerse with the word being fair. It inspired me to play a bit with rhymes. .. not sure if the light rhymes is the right form to use for something so serious after the COP26
A serious subject but it works so well here Bjorn.
Gorgeous use of rhyme here, Bjorn! I agree, in light of climate change conference one cannot afford to be greedy and unfair.
I like the juxtaposition of simple rhyme and serious themes
You nailed that…in both style, and substance…again rather awed!
I just read yours… to be a gypsy in Afghanistan must be a terrible destiny… I didn’t know that, but found and article of course.
What a combo, light-hearted rhyme and hardass message. I have 9 grandchildren, and I do feel guilty sending them out into the world we have despoiled, plundered, raped, and abused. Excellent quadrille. What form did you use, rhyming every line?
Not really a form… more free verse guided by rhymes.
Nice one. Serious message in a fun light rhyming mood
The title and tone are so whimsical, yet the lines, “how do we dare,” give it an edge. Nice write ❣
That line was a reference to the line by Greta Thumberg’s line how do you dare
I remember that now, thanks for the reminder, it adds so much here!
So much here to like. The rhyme for a child, addressed to a child, with the earnestness of a child, gives force to “how do we dare?”
Shades of Greta. Soon even the likes of Scomo and Ted Cruz will be admitting she was right.
powerful message in a fun rhyme …
this may be the first time I’ve read a poem of yours that uses rhyme so prominently, Björn, and you did so elegantly…
great poem. as the others say a touch of Greta
I love your interesting play on words. A wise poem!
Message and delivery both superlative, BR. Congrats.
A great poem, Bjorn, poignant, painful and clever!
mmm, hare… not as delicious as this poem, but pretty tasty none the less. But yes, leave some for the next!
A message delivered in a tone we can understand. I fear we have done too much damage to our beautiful planet. sigh…heartbreaking it is..
“beware it’s for our future heir.”
– so important to remember.
This is catchy. Like a jingle or a nursery rhyme. Nothing here takes away from the seriousness of the urgent situation we are in.
Remember ring-around-the-roses? And all those childhood nursery rhymes? They’re still around because they are catchy to children and adults.
This one is genius. We need one like this for the times we’re living. Thanks for writing it. Stupendous.
Great line about the earth as our future heir. If we could only convince others to see that perspective. I love the scolding tone, too. Well done, Björn.
Fabulous! I love the rhyme scheme and message of your poem.
Beautiful ❤ .I loved the way you made each line rhyme 😍
I like the rhymed “beware” not being at the end of the line. It gives a necessary jolt.
Reminded me of Greta Thurnberg. We continue to do what we shouldn’t.
The accidental rhyme worked wonderfully to convey a strong message. Love it.
Great rhyming Bjorn, something rare in you! Beautifully done!
I love how you used the rhyme so effectively here get across the serious and relevant message. How do we dare indeed?!
An interesting mixture of lighthearted rhyme and global destruction. A bit like rubbing two sticks together.
the rhyming is so sweet