Thursday, June 19, 2014


-- Quote of the Day -- 

... actually an excerpt from a poem...

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Eagle

 -- Poetry -- 

Since I started today's post with poetry, I thought I'd continue the theme.
This poem is excerpted from my 1st book of poetry: Towards Understanding and speaks about the human impact on the environment.  I use the term "men" - as in mankind. This poem was written as lyrics, but works as a poem as well.

How Can They Be So Cruel?

Yeah, I heard from a friend
Mother Earth's life will end 
In explosions of death, sorrow and pain;
And they tell me the cause is men.
How can they be so cruel?
Yeah they hurt her, and purge her,
They burn her, and posion her rain...
They chop her down, right down to the ground.
Tell me now, why aren't they ashamed?
Don't all children treat their mothers
With anger and blame?
They'll hurt her, abuse her
Til she cries out her pain.
Her restless children - untamed.
Now these children fight one-another each and every day.
They are consumed with their own personal gain.
So they rob her and rape her 'til she bows down,
And there's nothing left butinfertile ground.
Her violent children - untamed. 
Now this mother, like all mothers,
Forgives all that she can,
And she still holds out her nurturing hand. 
Though she dies, we just build more tools.
How can we be so cruel?
Yeah, we rape her, we purge her and poison her rains;
Cut her forest, burn her soil and feed on her grains.
We are stealing her soul, it's beyond her control.
We've got to stop it somehow -stop it right now!
How could we be so cruel?

©Lillian Brummet

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