Sparkling blue, Crystal clear
Pure water sustained us all
Poisoned by chemicals, Choked by plastic
We took nature for granted
What if we thought to change
Questioned what goes down our drain
Cut down on waste and switched to eco
If we start now we could undo
Reduce your waste
Find green alternatives
Bring back our ocean
Of health, vitality and life
Day 24’s challenge
For Day 24 the prompt is “an elegy – a poem typically written in honor or memory of someone dead. But we’d like to challenge you to write an elegy that has a hopefulness to it. Need inspiration? You might look at W.H. Auden’s elegy for Yeats, which ends on a note suggesting that the great poet’s work will live on, inspiring others in years to come. Or perhaps this elegy by Mary Jo Bang, where the sadness is shot through with a sense of forgiveness on both sides.”
It felt strange to write a elegy for someone still here. With Earth Day recently taking place, my impact on the planet is at the forefront of my mind. The images of our seas plastic pollution is very disturbing and that is where I drew my inspiration for today’s poem.
If we carry on as we are then our beautiful oceans will be ruined. There is still time for us to change and turn the situation around. It’s not just for us but also the creatures we share our planet with. Water is vital to all our existence and it is beautiful.