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A Message from Your Planet

July 13, 2022
By blujay08 BRONZE, Midvale, Utah
blujay08 BRONZE, Midvale, Utah
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My waters are polluted,

All my treasures have been looted,

Plastics and trash are everywhere,

They capture my fish with a snare,

The birds and turtles mistake plastic for food,

My oceans are dying, I must conclude.

Acid rain and chemicals kill the corals,

Yet all they do is quarrel.

No fish, no ice, nothing left for the polar bears,

Yet nothing is offered but tears.

Neither is my land left untouched,

Full of landfills and chemicals, crushed,

The other planets jeer and mock me,

“Why do you harbor life? Be free like us, can’t you see?”

The same questions I asked myself,

Yet my reason I shall give shall speak for itself,

I offered a home to animals, plants, and humans too,

With hope they can make the universe better for all- me and you.

Yet when humans hurt other life and my oceans,

Sadness, anger, fear- come out all my emotions.

Each piece of litter gives a heartache.

Yet some acts I witnessed stopped the heartbreak,

Activists tried to protect me,

They pick up litter and plastic from my sea,

Others march for change,

Demanding that animals and nature be saved,

Yet what touched me the most,

Was people who picked up trash one by one, near the coast.

Even though their contributions seem small,

To me, it is the biggest of them all.

I realize that being a planet full of life is quite rough,

But having others to help makes the journey less tough,

Never doubt someone’s contribution however small,

We can save my oceans and land one by one, that's all.

Yes, this poem was written by your planet Earth,

I am alive too, and with words, I have no dearth.

The author's comments:

Jayashabari S. is a rising senior. She wrote this poem while participating in Kenyon Young Writer's Workshop: Observation and Imagination. Taking a unique perspective of pollution and global warming from the point of view of the planet Earth, Jayashabari hopes to be a voice to the voiceless, whether it is Earth or underrepresented communities.

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This article has 4 comments.

on Jul. 20 2022 at 4:43 pm
blujay08 BRONZE, Midvale, Utah
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@LotsOfChocolateCherries thank you so much for your kind words! I really enjoy writing poems from the perspectives of those who have no voice. It is very encouraging to see readers enjoy my poetry!

on Jul. 17 2022 at 11:49 pm
LotsOfChocolateCherries PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

Wow, this is a really amazing and powerful piece! It's really true how we often forget about how much the Earth has to offer and how horrible it is that we're hurting it!

on Jul. 17 2022 at 9:53 am
blujay08 BRONZE, Midvale, Utah
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@Afra Thank you so much for your kind comments!! It is so encouraging to see people enjoy my work!

Afra ELITE said...
on Jul. 16 2022 at 12:26 am
Afra ELITE, Kandy, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

Jayashabari, we need more powerful poems like this!!! This poem made me think a lot about all the ways which we harm Mother Earth intentionally or unintentionally and made me wonder why we kill the one who gave us life...Keep writing!!!✍🏻✍🏻✍🏻