On Her Day, She Wails

Great mother of all
on her day, she wails.
A crude joke,
heavenly gods
left her clutching
ungrateful offspring
her wide-bosomed
frame ravaged.

Whoa! She cautions
Milk supply insufficient
to feed ever-growing
numbers.

Nipples cracked and
bleeding, gaping maw
continues to suck
her dry.

Be merciful to the innocent:
rocks
clouds
streams
glaciers
and all
creatures
that partake
for survival.

Generous in nature
she bellows gutted
not to be abused
by the amused.

On her day, she wails
for anyone with ears
to hear her cries.

In response to: “On Her Day, Gaia Wails” Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month Challenge.

Khaya Ronkainen

36 Comments

  1. Very very powerful piece…brought a lump to my throat…a stifled cry for her pain XXX

  2. It’s difficult to read this without blinking the shine that brightens the eyes a few times. The imagery rips tiny pieces for the hear… We are killing the one who birthed us, and too many of us don’t even know it. So very sad… and infuriating.

    1. Thank you Kathy for your encouraging comment. It’s all I ask for us to ‘stop and think’. Somethings are beyond our individual power but some are not, hopefully we can help protect the environment, where we can.

  3. A powerful poem, Khaya. Sometimes I think we will finish her off, but in truth, I think we will finish ourselves off first. She’ll recover and flourish and be beautiful for billions of years without us.

    1. You are so right Diana, at the rate we’re going ‘we will finish ourselves off first’. But I’m hopeful too that she’ll recover and flourish. Thank you for reading!

  4. So angry, and with her I bellow, yet the deafness and greed of those bleaching and pillaging every last treasure she has until she, and their profits dry up, is astounding… We need to be louder! Great post!!!!!

    1. This is what one of my fellow bloggers, D. Wallace Peach had to say about winning against a ‘Big Energy’ that wanted to run a massive gas pipeline through their town, “What we do has the power to persuade, to stir emotions, to record the truth in black and white.” It pretty much sums up how ordinary voices can make a difference. Thanks Shelle for reading!

    1. Hi KC! Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comment. Best comment to read first thing in the morning, and it will carry my smile throughout the day. 🙂

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