Congratulations to our February Poetry Challenge winners:
A poem about water by: Carlisle (Antigua, Guatemala)
“Water is Life” Carlisle (Antigua, Guatemala)
This is our Earth What are we doing? Trash in the water So much pollution Waters that were as clear as can be Now black as the night And dead like debris Sea levels rising And icebergs are melting Coral reefs are dying And no one is helping Don’t you realize they keep the ocean alive? And this started back in 1985 Nets, snares, hooks and straws Trapping the turtles And killing them all Plastic is growing Oil is spilling Factories smoking And sewage is filling Dead animals are everywhere, Habitat loss And smoke in the air No clean water No more fish And if you’re hearing this in 2046 I don’t even think we will exist I’m really sorry. This is it.
“upstate new york” by Alyssa (Kansas, USA)
eleven fingers brushed through hills and valleys of northern soil millennia ago. cold as ice, they left impressions in their absence, some deeper and longer than others … these wounds forever changed the land.
the heavens cried for the earth, and her tears began to heal her, filling deep scars with fresh, blue flesh from which new life grew:
Flora and fish thrived, fauna flocked to its tributaries, and eventually civilizations, nestled around these handprints, drawn to nature’s gift.
Write a poem (any length!) with water as the theme! Share your publications with us to be one of two winners this month!
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