What will become of us?

mother

She
at one time
could have held
the whole world in her hands.
The wide oceans and the high mountains,

the hills, the valleys and the lakes;
the mighty forests
and sweetly painted flowers;
she encompassed all of her bounty.
The beasts both wild and gentle roamed
across all the fertile earth, free and fruitful.
It was paradise.
But then Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve were unleashed.
They grew wise and strong; their numbers swelled. They spread.
And as their knowledge grew, so did their ambition.
Their need to abuse, oppress and exploit.
She slapped them down like the wicked children they were.
She sent earthquakes and tidal waves; war, famine and disease.
But still they persisted.
She tries to cling on, keeping it together for the good of the world.
But the children of the world press harder, mine deeper, defile and destroy.
And when she can no longer hold on to us?
What then?
What will
become
of us?


From  a prompt by Hélène Vaillant of Willow Poetry
https://helenevaillant.com/2019/04/09/what-do-you-see-april-09-2019/

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8 thoughts on “What will become of us?

  1. Indeed, what will become of us!! What have we done to this paradise we once had. Yet Mother continues to give us strong messages and we keep wanting control destroying it all and us too.
    Thank you for writing this powerful, insightful poem. I love the font colours.

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