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You Won't Understand

May 29, 2018
By AlinaLee GOLD, Hogansburg, New York
AlinaLee GOLD, Hogansburg, New York
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You won’t understand  until…
The grass is no longer green
The drinking water isn’t clean

You won’t understand until…
The air is filled with smoke
Everytime you breathe you choke

You won’t understand until…
The playgrounds are covered in garbage
The lakes are filled with oil

You won’t understand until…
All the wildlife is gone
Your children don’t know what a forest is

You won’t understand
That our Mother is dying
But you did nothing to stop it

You won’t understand until…
She has died

The author's comments:

This poem talks about our mother Earth and how many people take her for granted. My life goal is to become an environmental advocate, so I include a lot of environmental and economic issues in my writing. I wish to educate people on ways to do the activities they wish to do without harming themselves or the environment. 

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on Oct. 31 2018 at 2:41 pm
Rhiannon_4 DIAMOND, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
62 articles 87 photos 200 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
- Native American proverb

Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas

What is past is past -- it is the present and the future that concern us.
- Hiawatha, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy

Thank you for writing this, it was great to read. I too am very passionate about the environment. You have real talent, keep up the good work!