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Climate Change and us (Updated version of a poem posted on 24 September 2020)

Climate Change and us


The planet turns, the planet turns;

The adults fiddle while Rome burns.

And children yet to be conceived

Have every right to feel aggrieved.


And us? We plunder wealth from mines

And join the back of frantic lines

In shirtsleeved January sales,

Pursued by ever-warming gales.


Exhausts and power stations spout

Unheeded warnings all about.

But politicians must pretend

That nothing need change in the end.


And us? We like to say we care,

But still demand our swollen share

Of space and luxuries consumed.

If we go on like this, we’re doomed.


The strongmen plan to reach their goal

By felling trees and burning coal.

This fragile membrane’s tinderbox

Reverberates with ticking clocks.


And us? Our thirst for wealth and stuff

Will decimate this world enough

To make sure nothing will remain.

And there’s no time to start again.


In nature’s misery and drought,

What was ‘in store’ is now about;

Faced with the force of our attack,

The atmosphere is hitting back.


And us?  We slap our footprint down

And roam all night around the town,

Hoovering up the last clean air

To trade with at the morning fair.


As long as opportunist suits

Crush progress with size fifteen boots,

The sole repositories of truth

Are howls of idealistic youth.


For summertimes of storm and flood

Are swathed in carnage and in blood;

This is no future far away,

It’s happening to us today.


climate change

◄ September Ist, 1939.

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 8th Oct 2021 20:54

Thanks to Pete and Kelvin for the likes.

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 8th Oct 2021 16:31

Thank you so much, Sophie. That's kind of you.

And thank you, John. Yes, this is an issue people have to keep protesting about. I am hopeful that governments are at last becoming aware of the seriousness of the situation and moving beyond rhetoric. They must.

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John Coopey

Fri 8th Oct 2021 08:22

Wow, Stephen! I must have missed this first time around.
I hear the howls of outrage at the inconvenience caused by climate protesters. I say there is no convenience more important than the future of the world.

sophiethegirl whodarestodream

Fri 8th Oct 2021 00:29

Love this poem love the rhymes

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 7th Oct 2021 16:58

Many thanks for the kind comment, Stephen. This is an issue I feel strongly about. And thank you for the likes, Tom, Robert, Rudyard and Holden.

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Stephen Atkinson

Wed 6th Oct 2021 22:18

That about sums it up, Stephen. A wonderfully constructed piece

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 6th Oct 2021 15:55

I posted this last year, saying that there is little time left for the world to act in order to offset the worst effects of climate change. I have now updated it, in the light of a year of relative inaction, the dreadful storms and floods of this summer and the upcoming COP26 conference. We must never give up hope, bleak though things look.

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