Shipwrecks...... a sea of wisdom.......

Beneath the turning sea lie the remains
of all the unsinkable vessels
And so too the trains twisted around
the footings of iron trestles

But ....you know better than I .....I see
it in the chin held high
No longer do you listen .......though you know better
and so do I

Armageddon begins with the
best laid plans .....Yes?
And then spiral downward
into a
setting sun out west

It's all okay ........turn now... swallow
your sickening pride
Give up the ghosts ......return to the path
of wisdom there's no where to hide

The fires on the horizon .....the lightning
scorches the earth
The planet is dieing and ego?.
what was it worth

Fires in the coal beneath once
pristine valleys of Tennessee
The desert sands removed and the
pipelines glisten rust free

An old set of tires on the pile by the highway .........a truck pulling new cars ....turn up the furnace.......Bring on the street lights ....air conditioners ......but as those shiny new earth movers roll off the line........the coal company agrees to pay the reduced fines..........I see visions along the highways ....a refrigerator lies along the riverbank.......and the Superfund lists grow and grow ........... Five within ten miles of me , where is yours, or do you know?


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

You are talking my language. They are still trying to drill off of our coast. So far, we are holding them off. The big developers in Florida figured environmental fines into the overhead. I swear, I prayed with all of my heart to stop them. Sorry about the financial mess. Your 401k would still be in good shape if they were still going.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

I voted this one up and interesting. I liked it, as it brought out so many visuals and feelings into my minds eye and heart. : ) Great poem. Well done!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

We have a great problem with pollution. We dump anything anywhere. On our local channel yesterday, a community was protesting because the company responsible for the sewage has a defective sewer line that leaking sewage into the river killing all the fish and other animals.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

WD Curry , tell us about that drilling , scream it to the world! Best of luck to you.....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Girltalkshop, Thanks for stopping by...... , thats really nice .......:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Cardisa , Even here in America this happens, canoe around the bend of a river and find a refridgerator on the banks of that river or in a state forest , pristine except for a pile of flourescent light bulbs broken on the side of the road, the mentality of these people ?!!.........:-}


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

How could people not care for the beauty of a trash-free landscape? Soon the beauty will be gone along with our rivers..Beautiful ahorseback...


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Always , thank you , yes we must awaken the dark beast of apathy in America.......:-}


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful! Can't stand what pollution is doing to this world. We got plenty of it here in Riga. Love taking those first long walks once spring comes round. Now it's budding bush - trash - flowers springing up among bottles and cans, look what a wonderful patch of grass has sprung up - next to it some old T.V.s etc...


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Gypsy , what are we going to do ? I live in Vermont a "green " state and the amount of road litter is amazing!......:-}


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

a great environmental poem my friend...at a first glance the earth is beautiful until we people began to destroy it?where to?


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Raciniwa , It angers me to watch as people today lay waste everything around them....:-}


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I love the poem, a powerful plea to do right by each other, nature, our culture. I especially like the reference to Armageddon. Bit one of my favorite lines was in a comment you made to a comment. "...yes we must awaken the dark beast of apathy in America.." Terrific imagery. :) SHARING of course. Theresa


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Oh this is a lovely and moving piece!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Phdast ,I got to thinking about superfund sites, Most people around me , don't even know they exist ....right next door I hope you are well Thank you for sharing That way !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Audrey , Hello my friend , thank you for stopping by !....:-}

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