Photo prompt: Write a poem or story inspired by the scenario in this photograph.
in science we learn that humans are made of
which sounds so
that it somehow doesn’t seem pertinent
after a time
once childhood naivety has worn away
and bright eyes become
we say we are doomed as a species
“look at what we’ve done to this planet”
and everything has a ring of truth
but maybe that is all it will ever be
because i look at those seams, veins, capillaries of
threaded across this place
dreamed by radicals,
fabricated by engineers
and i think that
if we have destroyed this planet
we have surely done so in the most beautiful way
the human death
the humane death
are smatterings of
Okay, as a little disclaimer about this one–if you choose to read it a certain way (because there is often more than one interpretation of a poem), it brings up some opinions which are not necessarily my own, namely about climate change, which is not THE most controversial issue out there, but is still pretty heated (no pun intended) among some people. I really try to keep this blog as non-political as possible, because I believe that there isn’t a single issue out there that’s completely black-and-white and I respect all viewpoints one may take. So, no judging here. Regardless of personal opinions, that’s a beautiful photo and a lot of what humanity has done is really, strikingly beautiful.
This poem is also not very positive, I’m afraid. I think I piqued with Entry #4. But tomorrow comes the final poem, THE positive poetry challenge–writing about happiness itself.
Should be interesting.
–The Girl in the Orange