Happy Poetry Friday!
Today, March 15, 2019, Heidi Mordhorst is hosting the Poetry Friday Round Up, at her blog my juicy little universe. Heidi asked us to create poems and posts promoting the Climate Strike that is happening around the world in 112 countries, led by students in High School and Middle School. This Youth #climatestrike was initiated by Swedish environmental activist student, Greta Thunberg, now sixteen, and who is actively working to stop global climate change. Another group Greta is involved with is #fridays4future.
Locally in Chicago the “Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA) is joining the US Climate Strike, (“US Youth Climate Strike is a youth-led movement that was started by three middle & high school students who were inspired by … Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for our Future” #ClimateStrikes)” as they lead a strike from Grant Park to the Federal Building at 11am. The March is also an effort to help the US Youth Climate Strike, bring “ClimateStrikes to the US,” and “build power and public support for a #GreenNewDeal and a just climate future.”
I pulled some of the source material for my poem from Jennifer Wilcox’s Ted Talk: “A new way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.” It’s a fascinating talk, under 15 minutes and well worth your time.
STRIKE FOR GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Strike for all that’s green and all that wants to grow.
Strike for humans, animals, insects, plants, and all of nature.
Strike for our air that’s begging to be cared for.
Strike for our waters that need to run clear and clean.
Strike for our ocean’s temps to stop rising.
Strike for our trees that fill the air with oxygen,
Capture Carbon, eliminate ground level ozone,
sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon dioxide.
Strike to plant more trees for trees remove Humid Hazes that
“trap heat, reduce visibility, and increase respiratory illness.”
Strike for the idea of Carbon Capturing man-made forests
to assist with our Global Climate Crisis.
Strike for Carbon capturing forests that could reduce the
amount of CO2 in the air by 5%, which equals the amount
produced by airplanes and trucks.
Strike for the acceptance of Global Climate Change.
Strike for a US commitment to fund Global Climate Change.
Strike for Global Climate Change!
© 2019 Michelle Kogan
Below I’ve included two poems by Denise Levertov who was very involved in the politics and concerns of our environment.
SOJOURNS IN THE PARALLEL WORLD
by Denise Levertov
We live our lives of human passions, cruelties, dreams, concepts, crimes and the exercise of virtue in and beside a world devoid of our preoccupations, free from apprehension—though affected, certainly, by our actions. A world parallel to our own though overlapping. We call it “Nature”; only reluctantly admitting ourselves to be “Nature” too. Whenever we lose track of our own obsessions, our self-concerns, because we drift for a minute, an hour even, of pure (almost pure) response to that insouciant life: cloud, bird, fox, the flow of light, the dancing pilgrimage of water, vast stillness of spellbound ephemerae on a lit windowpane, Read the rest of the poem here.
It could be the râle of Earth’s tight chest, her lungs scarred from old fevers, and she asleep— but there’s no news from the seismographs, the crystal pendant hangs plumb from its hook; and yet at times (and I whisper because it’s a fearful thing I tell you) a subtle shudder has passed from outside me into my bones, Read the rest of the poem here.