Greetings, dear wordsmiths! Today I'm feeling inspired by one of our regular participants.
‘Human arrogance is boiling over’ said Rob Kistner in a comment to a recent Writers’ Pantry, after writing a moving poem about the need for poets to speak out about environmental damage; this poem, which I invite you to read now if you missed it before.
I replied to his comment that it was such a good line, it deserved to be used in a future poem. So, right now, let’s all use it as inspiration – not necessarily the words themselves so much as the idea. (If you do use the actual words, please add a footnote to say you're quoting Rob.) With that inspiration, let’s use our poetic voices now to speak for our earth and its inhabitants.
Can this do any good, really? Possibly not – but keeping silent will assuredly have no effect. We do what we can, and what we can do is write poems and stories. Let's have our words boil over!
When we’ve written them, what then? Maybe submit the finished piece to a literary journal, either online or off? Perhaps send it as a letter to the editor of the local paper … or to one of the major nationals, why not? Print it out and stick it up on a public notice-board (signed or unsigned, up to you)? Recite it at poetry readings? Email it to all your friends? Post it on Facebook or Twitter?
For starters, please use Mister Linky, below, to link us to it at your blog.
It can be poetry or prose, newly written especially for this prompt, or something recent which addresses the subject. (We need prose pieces to be 369 words maximum, excluding title). Older pieces are acceptable too if substantially rewritten. Do of course have a read of each other’s, and if any of them make you go, ‘Wow!’ maybe you could share the link on your social media? Let’s spread the word!
Image by damnikia, freely available from Unsplash.