Poetry – What have we done to the world?

What have we done to the world?

Just a little tree

Standing on its own

Sending lonely roots

To where others have grown

Just a little tree

Shimmering in the sun

What have we done to the world?

Just a little field

A uniform green

No hint of colours

Where flowers should have been.

Just a little field

Sprayed twice a week

What have we done to the world?

Just a little patch

Where a pond once sat

No room for frog

Or poor water-rat

Just a little patch

Of insignificant crop

What have we done to the world?

Just a lonely boy

In the midst of the wild

Playing on his tablet

An impoverished child

Just a little boy

That nature’s passed by

What have we done to the world?

Opher – 16.6.2021

I pay homage to the great Malvina Reynolds and her song What Have They Done To The Rain.

That was a song written in 1962 that highlighted the danger of radioactive fall-out – in particular strontium 90 – from nuclear tests.

My version extends that to a global view of the devastation we humans are causing to the natural world.

A forest is an interconnecting web of roots and it is now being revealed how much trees communicate with each other. They are meant to be together.

Nowadays our ponds are being filled in, our hedgerows grubbed up and our fields sown with monoculture and sprayed with herbicide and pesticide. They have become green deserts.

Our children do not get to play in nature and learn its ways, to enjoy and respect it. They are impoverished and isolated.

What have we done to the world?

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