Mother Earth’s Addictions by Proxy

Her body lies there mottled and bruised by
bottles and trash heaped over her
mounds that once offered sustenance.
Our forgotten mother- we have sold
her out for our quick addictions
to cheap blood spilling out
everywhere into the cracks.
She is hooded and glowing
sickly under the eyes
as her veins are exposed and open
to the forced injections of the junk
we are holding her hostage to.

But Mother is ferocious
waking up from these induced comas
from time to time;
blood backflowing out, boiling
while she rages and tries to shake
off the sickness and our addictions.
Fighting the shakes is hard, and
sometimes we need to let her shake
it all out.

Inspired by prompt over here: to: “Write a poem from the point of view of Gaia; focus on pollution, natural resource depletion, climate change, loss of bio-diversity, deforestation”

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  1. The Great Mother’s immune system is “ferocious”, indeed. And since we’ve become a parasite–perhaps, a virus–her chills and fevers will probably be the end of us, not to mention her shakes…

    Very vivid. And very true.

  2. Whew. Stunning. I, too, love the use of that word, “ferocious.” And the idea that we have poisoned her with our own addictions. This is so well done.

  3. I echo the sentiments above! Kudos 🙂

  4. georginamorley

     /  April 24, 2016

    Wonderfully heartbreaking words XXX

  5. Thank you so much for the reference to fracking, it is one of my hot buttons! Angry, well-written piece! Thank you!

  6. Beautifully written and sadly true. Hugs, Rasz


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