Vincent van Gogh once wrote:
‘The conscience is a man’s compass’,
but humankind’s compass broke
and we have lost our way.
We are drowning the planet
in a mass of plastic,
choking the rainforests
with palm oil,
sitting by and watching
as the polar icecaps melt
into the background of inane
selfies posted on social media.
Who is able to fix the compass
and point us in the right direction
on the path to a slower, cleaner life?
Kim M. Russell, 16th July 2019
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Climate Crisis
In the first Poetics after the summer break, Anmol is our host, talking about the theme of climate crisis and we are writing eco poetry, which we can go about in different ways, by focusing on the devastation that we see around us or the human/sociological impact of the same; we can talk about forests, rivers and other resources; or about corporate greed and continuing exploitation of our planet. It is up to us to address the issue in any manner that speaks to us or that we think requires further prodding and discourse.