NaPoWriMo – Day 22

Each day for the month of April, the Cedar Bark Poets are writing a poem a day in celebration of NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing month. Poems are posted here daily. Let Katheren know if you would like to participate!

“And now for our (optional) prompt. Today’s prompt comes to us from Gloria Gonsalves, who also suggested our prompt for Day Seven. Today, Gloria challenges us all to write a poem in honor of Earth Day. This could be about your own backyard, a national park, or anything from a maple tree to a humpback whale. Happy writing!”

3rd from the Sun

How amazing the earth is
What a miracle place
I hope we can love it more
Live in honour and grace

– Kath


Spinning earth round and round
Like a basketball spinning on someone’s finger For many this place is our home And this lays our mystery

From earthly gems from within the rock
To tall trees and mountain tops
Delicate flowers with fragrant scents
Are truly earth’s daily presents

Many creepy crawly bugs
That many do not like
Have important jobs they must attend
To continue to keep our earth unique

Animals, birds, fish and more
Fill our waters, trees, and land
Each of them has their purpose
They do their part to help earth too

Lastly are the humans who reside
Conquerers of the land and sea
Demolishers of our perfect earth
Only now do we see how earth hurts

Slowly we are fixing the earth
Replenishing the forests so they thrive
Giving back to the earth with planting seeds Allowing ourselves to see its beauty

Earth is a picture perfect place
Below our feet, tiny communities meet
Trees and sky give us reason why
To enjoy what is most precious to us

Precious earth forgive us so
Continue to blossom and grow
Marvel us with your generosity
For you are our favourite planet in the galaxy

– Rhiannon

our home is earth

our home is earth
easy enough to google map search
when i describe this place
it has many eyes and a bright face
it sees the glimmering blue green world
with the wonderful water round you curled it sees the tall abundance of trees with its waving branches in the breeze it sees raw quartz beads with gemstones sounds from the core of earth’s unknowns it feels the love we are creating preventing earth from deteriorating it feels our love that we share as we are connected and show our care

– Jonah

ED’s boat ride

On a beached a boat, pushed ashore
From a broken mooring, in a sideways wind Across an ocean drift With a sails tangled and one amiss Rock laden sandy beach, waves break A long look of my surroundings took The inventory short, as I had not been planning to leave port

But I could not regret being here, as all around me the sounds of nature near Even the storm had been mesmerizing None of it I would ever forget

A twelve foot waterfall for my fresh drinking water Gnarled old branches with almost too much character to burn A canned dinner from my now sideways spilling boat pantry That simply had to be finished before sunset, as there could be no distractions

No email, phone, autocorrect or contractions just watching wild animals to see their reactions

I was horribly unlucky from one train of thought, but I now found myself in another frame of reference caught For how better to spend earth day, but on an island far far from everything, but the nature outside my shelter door And the new found respect for the storm How small I was on the scale of things, compared to natures norm in the vast expanse of the field, I now realized myself as a little corm with my place in, rather then above nature, growing into my new form

my wild Earth Day boat ride, it took to inform

– W. B.

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