A to Z Challenge 2022 – Nature and I
Listen well while I tell you a story, of not so long ago.
Earth was a resplendent pristine aura of iridescent hues.
A tiara of verdant promise graced her flawless face,
she nurtured her earthlings with abundance.
The primordial man dwelled in harmony, under her benign bosom.
The passage of time, alters the rhythm of life,
greed eclipses man’s wisdom, as he dons a narcissist’s role.
Progress takes a dimension of untamed growth,
his scalpel pierces deep into her womb
ears fall deaf to her heartrending cries.
He stamps his carbon footprints on the planet
concretes conquer green duvets,
glaciers melt a teary deluge,
species disappear, marine creatures succumb to oil spills,
climate change makes an unwelcome entry.
Mercury exhales blazing inferno
flora and fauna wither under toxic pollutants
obscured greys and browns tint her visage
negligent dumping of plastic nauseates her
gaseous smog poisons her primeval soul.
Today she blows the bugle of warning,
for man to stop his fusillade of plunders.
Her wrath brings forth natural dissonance.
Life today is bordering on fringes of doom,
before she exhales fumes of deathly toxins.
It’s time we pay heed to those sirens
replace tainted solutions with sustainability,
before nature’s sweet song fades away
overpowered by her screams for salvation,
until she breathes her last or we do!!
I am pained at man’s insatiable greed in plundering nature’s resources. In the name of progress, he has punctured her soul. The lockdown during the pandemic helped nature with a reset button, reclaiming her lost space and breath. We witnessed reduced air pollution, cleaner water bodies, animals and birds came out into the open, as we remained locked within our homes. This was probably the only silver lining of the pandemic. Sadly, not much is learned from the pandemic. People and countries have gone back to their old ways. Only a handful of conscientious people are working relentlessly in conservation and restoration of our environment.
Doesn’t this teach us that if we respect the nature and its finite resources, we will be blessed with infinite blessings. It is time we pay heed to her cries, as she is all we have got.
You can read my earlier posts from this challenge here.