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I will not stand

July 20, 2011
By SoCalBarbie SILVER, Riverside, California
SoCalBarbie SILVER, Riverside, California
5 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"whoever said the sky is the limit was incorrect, because I saw footprints on the moon."

I will not stand
To watch this land
Waste away
A little more each day

And I will not stand
To see the grand
And ever lasting trees
Now fall to the sand
And destroy our sweet honey bees

I will not stand here and let another day
Followed by another year,wither itself away
I will not stand here and hear you say
That all will be ok

When you look at our land
That was once so grand
And come to see every grain of sand
Turning black with pollution
When we have the solution
To fix all this corruption

Before we are forced to watch our earth die?
And watch the flower
Fall when it once used to tower
Above our now graying sky
And when the butterfly
can no longer fly
for the air is to full of bad things
that she can not flutter soft wings?

Cant you see
The chaos being caused by you and me?
Or do you just wish I’d be
Like you and sit silently?

For I will not!
And though perhaps sit silently I ought
I see it as not right in my mind
To allow our animals and plants to be left behind
In this struggle for evolution
That is causing so much pollution

so you can carry on with your busy day
and pretend our garden is wasting away
but you can’t fight
the animals howls that plead to you at night

So you can turn a blind eye
When you hear the earth cry
Out in anguish and pain
But when you notice it doesn’t rain
And our plants dry
Don’t say your hungry
Because so are they
For you leave them in disarray

And when our animals cry
For the have no homes
And no forests to roam
Do not complain about the voices
In your head
Reminding you that they’ll soon be dead

When the earth is only dust
And you must
finally see
What has been caused by you and me

Will you finally acknowledge
That we DID have the knowledge
To put a halt
To the Death of our earth
And keep her burning hearth
Burning and alive
We chose to not allow her to survive.

So now you and me and everybody
Who chose to pretend
That our resources are without end
Are forced to suffer
That the earth too can turn a blind eye
When we slowly begin to die
And we will inturn feed her our flesh
As she did once feed us hers
And we shall clothe her in our last breathe
The way she once did for us in her animals furs

Then Will you admit
That while you chose to sit
Down and relax in your comfy home
You left our poor earth on her own?
What will it take?
For me to make
You see
What is being caused by you and me?

Let us rise as one
And fix what we have done
For I alone can not succeed
What our earth needs
Is for us to unite
And together to fight
For our earth that defends us so valiantly
And together you and me
can save every tree.

For I will not stand
To watch my earth become a waste land.

The author's comments:
I'm a devoted vegan and humanitarian, so this poem describes my feelings toward the average person and pollution.

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This article has 6 comments.

AvaJay GOLD said...
on Dec. 18 2011 at 6:15 pm
AvaJay GOLD, Spokane, Washington
13 articles 4 photos 184 comments

Favorite Quote:
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not pray for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
~ Tagore

Wow! Well said! I thought you did a great job rhyming! It's true that all poems don't have to rhyme but rhyming can really add to a poem and help it flow. You kept the rhyming from becoming cheesy by avoiding poor word choice in attempt to rhyme. I really thought this was very well written! Great job! Hey, check out my stuff some time :)

on Dec. 4 2011 at 5:56 am
youngspeare BRONZE, Nairobi, Other
1 article 0 photos 273 comments

Favorite Quote:
We wouldn't ask a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals; in turn we'd all celebrate its tenacity, we'd all love tz will to reach the sun well we are the roses n these are my damaged petals don't ask me why thank God and ask me how

I support you on this 100%! I really don't seem to underdstand why our generation keeps destroying what God has been so kind to give us. In fact, i love your poem! Keep writing more stuff, people's eyes need to be opened! 
Please check out my poem "Ghosts of the Past"

on Jul. 31 2011 at 11:25 pm
SoCalBarbie SILVER, Riverside, California
5 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"whoever said the sky is the limit was incorrect, because I saw footprints on the moon."

thanks lola-black and bright-burning campeador. nd yea I do push it a wee bit to far to make it rhyme so it starts to ramble but I really appreciate all the advice and I know! i hate how all the pollution is messing everything up! I'm a socal girl so i know pollution firsthand and it upsets me when im in LA and see the factories and trucks galore with exhaust pipes fillinf the air with fumes. today , july 30, their was a raining thundering storm in socal. so pollution is officially going haywire.

on Jul. 29 2011 at 7:14 pm
Lola_Black GOLD, Harrison, Michigan
11 articles 2 photos 276 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I've always been famous. It's just everybody's just now finding out." --Lady Gaga

Brilliantly said! While I agree with BrightBurningCampeador that you did try too hard to rhyme, it's still a great poem. I feel the same way when I go for a walk when it is 100 degrees (which never happens in northern michigan, so it must be global warming) and there's litter everywhere. Why don't people just listen?

on Jul. 25 2011 at 3:31 pm
BrightBurningCampeador PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
42 articles 11 photos 333 comments
I love the topic you wrote about, and support you whole heartedly. But I have two things you might consider changing. First, I think you tried too hard to rhyme. At this point it might be hard to revise this poem, but maybe you should try to remember in the future that poetry does not need to rhyme. Secondly, It seems to me that there is a sense in this poem that you're kinda just rambling. I don't think there is anything wrong with rambling, but if you want most people to be influenced by this poem you might want to re-organize stuff.

on Jul. 25 2011 at 2:55 am
A_shy_dove GOLD, Hubli, Other
10 articles 1 photo 76 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never compare your life with others, as you have no idea what their journey is all about.

What a relevant topic to choose, hazel angel. The description you have given about the agonising mother earth is just fantastic.... Namaskaar.