Over at Two Writing Teachers, Ruth and Stacey are hosting a Poem a Day Challenge. My students are writing poetry in writing workshop and I want to follow their awesome example. That means being brave and sharing my own poems!
While watching Oprah the other day, I was dumbfounded by her segment on the great landfill in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I was inspired to write a poem using the Concerns about the World Door (Georgia Heard).
Just because we don’t see it,
does that mean it isn’t there?
across the Pacific,
the size of Texas…
A sea of garbage.
An ocean of waste.
The briny deep now a slimy heap.
Fish entangled in plastic bags
plankton strangled by lack of space,
sea turtles choked by bottle caps.
How do we live with ourselves?
How do we ignore it?
Chemicals spilled on the pavement fall into the sewers
run into our rivers
race to the ocean
and make their way into the skin, the gills, the lungs, the prey
of whales, fish, birds.
Our waste is cancerous.
What sickens the food chain
back to us.
Who will step up and take responsibility for the clean-up,
before it’s too late?