Japanese Windflowers

So I’ve been thinking about whether to post a poem for this Wednesday’s blog post but I hesitated, concerned that my poem is somewhat depressing. Throwing caution to the wind (like the flowers) here it is ~

Japanese Windflowers

Have we asked too much
taken too much
done too much
to our mother earth?

Have we frightened,
abused,
intruded,
injured,
invaded her . . .
too much,
so that now
she’s screaming
to be heard.

While thunder rumbles
skies go dark
cities collapse,
crumble,
disappear;
mountains shiver
and walls of water engulf
all that is in their path ~
we wait.

The earth cracks open
splinters fly
and
we
ask,
what will blow
with the wind
like a silent serpent
over the Japanese Windflowers?

Have we
taken too much
done too much
asked too much
of our mother earth?

Corinne Fenton


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Comments

  1. Kaye Baillie I share your sentiments, Corinne. Thanks for sharing your lovely poem. Kaye
    April 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm · Reply
  2. Gabrielle Wang Beautiful poem, Corinne. And yes, it is depressing. But then I look closely at the Japanese windflower and I think how perfect it is, and how these small perfections can brighten an otherwise gloomy world. I also project my mind out into the universe and look back at our planet. And all I see is a tiny pin prick, amid countless numbers of pinpricks, in the dark canopy of the sky. And things become more clear... for the moment anyway.
    April 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm · Reply
  3. Sue That's gorgeous Corinne, and thought provoking. Loved it. x
    April 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm · Reply
  4. Chris Bell Beautiful, Corinne. Your poem captures the mood and feel many of us are experiencing. Tragedy gives voice and is an important part of healing. The Japanese windflower is a fabulous image of both the fragility of our earth and its resilience. Thank you for sharing. Chris
    April 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm · Reply
  5. Corinne Fenton
    Corinne Fenton Thanks for your kind words girls.
    April 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm · Reply
  6. alison reynolds Lovely poem, Corinne and rang very true for me. I loved the image of the windflower as I felt it would bounce back no matter what is thrown at it. Alison
    April 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton
      corinne Thanx Alison. I've just returned from holidays to find your lovely comment. Thank you. Your books are flying. Congratulations.
      May 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm · Reply

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