Whale song and tears
trickle through nets otherwise empty.
Over the years,
plastic has filled the space
where sea creatures swam free;
turtles eat mock jellyfish
and drown in melancholy.

Kim M. Russell, 27th September 2018

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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Wordy Thursday with Wild Woman: Earth Grief, also shared with earthweal at open link weekend on 26th September 2020

Sherry says that the topic of climate change is on our minds and on the news these days as never before and Mother Earth is struggling desperately under the heavy load of human and corporate demands. She calls our human concern ‘earth grief’ .

Sherry says it is our task, as poets who love all life, to put our pain, fears and hopes into as many or as few words as we need, to write a poem about earth grief or climate change in general.

32 thoughts on “Tears

  1. That plastic has done much damage. I saw on the news someone has I vented a machine to gather the plastic from the consentrations and it will be destroyed. The U.S. government has funded a trial of the machine.

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  2. This is so good:
    “turtles eat mock jellyfish
    and drown in melancholy”

    My daughter has a heart for the ocean. She’s planning to be a marine biologist in a few years, if we can survive high school. 🙂


  3. Drown in melancholy. Yes. Although ‘choke’ would have been appropriate too. I can’t stand what we are doing to our oceans. Please send this to your member of parliament.

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