Oakland, Or, USA
I wasn't sure if this was the right place to post this......but I was so jazzed over it I just wanted to share it will you all here........
hello i go to sheldon high school...i was just
reading your poem and i really liked it and i was wondering if it wouldn't be too much trouble, could i recite it for my final in english you see i am
supposed to find a poem and memorize it. its worth like 100pts...and if you don't mind me reading it i was also wondering if you could tell me a little
about yourself so i can tell the class about the author of the poem...oh and almost forgot the poem is called "warning"......thank you so much
I deleted the student's name!
Here is the poem and yes, I gave permission!
I am alive as you are alive.
I breathe air as you breathe air.
I take in food as you take in food.
I have life-giving fluid flowing through me,
As blood flows through you.
And I have a name as you have a name.
My name is Earth!
I breathe through the plants that cover my hills, fields and valleys.
As you breathe through nostrils into lungs.
I take in food from decomposing vegetation,
As you eat food to nourish your body.
And water flows through me in underground rivers,
As blood flows through your veins.
You have lived upon my surface for eons.
There are those among you who know that I am alive.
They have told you I am not a dead thing to be owned.
You should listen to these words.
Your numbers increase incessantly.
You take more resources to compensate for you increasing masses.
Some of what you take cannot be replaced.
That which can be replenished is not.
You are becoming a parasite, a cancer, and you are killing me.
But, like you, I have a survival instinct; I will not allow you to destroy me.
If you cut too deeply into my rain forests, you will unleash my immune systems.
You have already encountered the beginnings of these.....Aids.....Ebola.
And there are others.....recessed deeper within me.
Tread carefully.....your time grows short.
You may one day release parts of my immune system,
That can and will , totally annihilate your immense populations;
And still leave me intact to begin anew.
You do not know how the huge reptiles that once lived upon my surface
You have your speculations, but you do not know for sure.
Be careful you do not follow in their footsteps!
Words are my medicine.
Read and live and love and heal!