We dream of fishing for stars in the ocean
but, in the cold light of day,
there are more micro-plastics in the sea
than stars in the milky way.
Whole constellations and shoals of fish
are caught in the rainbow spray
of detritus uncoiling like whales’ intestines
and landing on every beach and bay.
Human’s packaging and discarded nets
are evils against which we inveigh;
we must claim back our waters while there is time,
this planet’s not ours to throw away.
Kim M. Russell, 19th April 2021
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My response to earthweal Earth Day challenge: Restore our Earth
Brendan reminds us that Earth Day is this Thursday, April 22. The annual environmental awareness event was first held on April 22, 1970 and, since 1990, it’s been an international event coordinated by Earth Day Network (earthday.org). The theme this year is Restore Our Earth, and for this week’s earthweal challenge we are celebrating Earth Day with local affirmations of restoring our Earth.
I found some of this poem in a ‘Nature Notebook’ article by Miriam Darlington, which was published in the Times last Saturday.