Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Write a poem that invokes a specific object as a symbol of a particular time, era, or place.
This morning I found out it was Earth Day. Should I be surprised that it crept up on me? Sorry, prompt.
One Day Am I to blame Should I feel shame Awaking to find the Earth still weeping Without fanfare Like people don’t care Earth Day continues it’s creeping Nothing on the news No reminders I can use One single day seems somewhat fleeting My search engine failed to show A humorous graphic to alert me to know That we all have to work on succeeding Our world still needs Our attention and good deeds Goals set and targets to be meeting I do my part Vehicle remains in park More often than I am driving A big consumer I am not My needs outweigh want I’ll fix before I think of buying I limit my waste Don’t toss things in haste Avoid products in excess packaging To throw out I refuse I’ll try to reuse Or pass on to others for using This rock is on loan As a species we don’t own Our damage deposit slowly dwindling One last thing to say It will still be Earth’s day When you wake up the next morning
Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 22
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Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.