Requiem for an Earth

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REQUIEM FOR AN EARTH

A quiet dawn

long years ago.

A verdant lawn

And shining snow

cover bright

the curve of earth,

while in the night

a birth

of fire,

and steel

soars higher

for now unreal.

Now

The years are by,

And the earth may bow

even if we cry

No!

The days of clean

were long ago

and now the mean

smoke of death

may cut

our breath

what

cries

for mercy

to the skies,

where we see

unbelieving the sodden smog

and stained rain

which through the fog

and down the lane

rushes into

the garbage-water

that too

soon has conquered the daughter

of the sky –

the shore and the sea,

that my

ancestors said was a beauty.

Oh really?

Said I.

Now answer me

why,

your beauty,

our green and blue sphere of light

we now see

in

the dark dead night

of its once glorious day?

And I hear a requiem coming.

 

~ Poem written by Gloria for high school sophomore English class on Earth Day.

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