Will We? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: thecourier.co.uk LONDON, DECEMBER 21: Environmental protesters of Extinction Rebellion group take part in a demonstration outside BBCs headquarters in London.

“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.” Utah Phillips

Will We?

Are we living in denial of our roots in the natural world,
what game of double dare are we playing so late,
willow risk taking a step to awakening and be unfurled?

Could we possibly make a stand above the divisions twirled,
and let go the ancient castes of expected eager fixation,
are we living in denial of our roots in the natural world?

How will we deal with all that heated invective hurled,
so shamefaced that we are easily silenced to inaction,
will we risk taking a step to awakening and be unfurled?

As we face the furnace of resistance in which we are knurled,
what chance that we will stand on the ramparts urgent,
are we living in denial of our roots in the natural world?

Will nature hear us shout justice and not just mutter purled,
surely we have nothing left to lose at this late hour,
will we risk taking a step to awakening and be unfurled?

Why are we so reluctant and seeking to be safe and curled,
times are desperate so what have we got to lose but gain,
are we living in denial of our roots in the natural world,
will we risk taking a step to awakening and be unfurled?

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon

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23 responses to “Will We? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I keep flashing back to when I was nine and first learned about pollution – fifty + years ago. We are slow to catch on it seems.

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  2. I was watching a rather terrifying news report last night about the increasing pace of ice melt in the polar regions. ‘Beyond catastrophic’ was the term used. If there such a thing, there really seems to be little hope for our planet.

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  3. You and your loving humans will certainly and definitely risk for the good which is already in the wallet of Her Highness ” Nature “!
    We are to win!

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  4. Sometimes I really think we need some smarter aliens to take over.

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  5. Oh, Paul this has been goin on for years and yet, it seemed to me though that it has worsened over time…

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  6. Paul, the game that’s going on with the environment resembles Russian roulette! A very clear and powerful warning in your poem! โค

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  7. Ignoring the evidence right in front of us is really incomprehensible. The will be a point beyond which the damage can’t be undone.

    I haven’t been getting notifications of your new posts, for some reason. Argh. I’ve just resubscribed.

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  8. A good one Paul but as it is said “It’s always possible to wake someone from sleep, but no amount of noise will wake someone who is pretending to be asleep”.

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  9. Let’s hope so, Paul! But hopefully not in the other extreme. Somehow the balance of Buddhism comes to mind here. We don’t seem to have this in the West. Michael

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  10. lync56

    Wow a rhyming poem – great poem

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