Monday, May 2, 2011

Magpie 64 ~ Appalachian Plea

Smoldering Fires, Clarence Holbrook Carter, 1904 ~ 2000



Appalachian Plea

mountains stripped bare
black gold to satisfy insatiable greed
coal ~ the dirtiest of fossil fuels
placing our environment, humans at risk
an atrocity

coal left in the ground supports mountains
removal devastates them
decapitating peaks 
destroying forests and streams
an outrage

we must find a better way
to preserve our precious Earth

24 comments:

  1. ...and our precious people! Truly devastating, but what is the answer? Nuclear plants. And if coal removed causes the mountains to collapse what does removing oil from the ground do? What happens with those cavities? Once again, your poetry is thought provoking! How is the dog?

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  2. I just checked. Thank goodness he is recovering.

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  3. ...and their should be a question mark after nuclear plants. I don't think they are the answer.

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  4. the answer begins with planned parenthood and population control....

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  5. I worry what we fill the holes with...will the whole dang earth collapse? We drain aquifers, take her gold, her coal, her minerals, on and on. Nice read. thank you

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  6. Powerfully shared... stunning images of mankind devastating the earth we live on. Do we not realize, there is no other place to pioneer.

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  7. Thoughtful and well written. Why do we not see that our home extends beyond the building we live in?

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  8. Very thoughtful and poignant!
    Well composed.. I loved the clear image that you have posted here!

    Hugs xox

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  9. What a true look at reality...no doubt there's much to fix..where are the wise ones?

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  10. Three comments. Yes, yes and yes!
    Join the American Greens and force the issue!

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  11. We humans are our own worst enemies. Such feeling of a simmering fury so well told here.

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  12. so true - we can try to limit what we consume (goods, energy, food) - small measures but they would add up
    well written poem

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  13. Helen,
    I've been "green" for 50 years. Believe it or not many positive changes have come about concerning the conundrum you encapsulate here.
    Hopefully it won't take as many years to resolve the problem as it did to create the coal.
    rel

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  14. Powerful message and take on the prompt.

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  15. It covers the issue wonderfully.

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  16. A powerful and well written piece. Good take on the Magpie prompt!

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  17. ugh what we do to our earth all for the sake of our own consumption...

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  18. I hope your puppy is recovering. Now on to Mother Earth. I hope she can recover from our nastiness as well.

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  19. So much truth in your words Helen....a powerful poem! :-)

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  20. You mined a wide swath of truths in this short piece. Powerful.

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