Listen to Me, For the Earth I Plea

The water I provide is meant for you to thrive
The water I provide is meant for you to thrive | Source
These birds depend on water to survive
These birds depend on water to survive | Source
What will happen to the hawks and the trees?
What will happen to the hawks and the trees? | Source

You’re draining me dry

and I don’t know why


The water I provide

is meant for you to thrive


You’re taking it from my womb

and creating a tomb


How can Life survive?


There’s more to this Earth

Than your own self worth


Think of the animals, the birds

and the plants on this Earth


You pollute the air with industry and greed

How can you possibly think this is what we need?


You hide your chemicals, pesticides and poop

in the land that feeds you

How can I recoup?


You’re full of disease and beg the Father

“Oh, please!”

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If you love life, the environment and are concerned with the damage that is being done to our planet, join me as I reveal things of which you may not be aware and what we can do to repair our Earth. Life depends on it!

Bravewarrior's Feathered Pen

Yet you don’t see you are to blame

for Life going up in flames


You strip this Earth of Life

And fill it with disdain.


When the land I gave you

was first sought and found

you trusted me with care

so I could abound.


Now you fill me with poison


and what is the reason?


To make a deposit in your vault of lesions?!

The land is drying up
The land is drying up | Source
The life that shines on Earth
The life that shines on Earth | Source

This video is powerful!

For the Earth I plea, "hold my hand".
For the Earth I plea, "hold my hand". | Source

We have no more seasons

that make any sense, but

You’re bank account is growing

Are you really that dense?


My tears are dried up,

I can no longer feed the land

Yet you take more from me than Life can withstand.


My purpose is to give Life

Yet you take it away

Do you realize your actions and the effects on today?


My name is Mother Nature

I was put here to give

So many species depend on me to live.


Stop draining me of the Life

That once shone on this Earth.


Your selfish actions provide no worth.


Look at me

and

look at the Earth


I’m ever so tired, not to mention worn out.

It’s up to you, without a doubt


I need your help to bring new birth

to the Land.


For the Earth I plea, “hold my hand”.




Shauna L Bowling

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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

What a beautiful and serious request from Mother Nature...respect! Also enjoyed the photos and the video specially of MJ.

Up and awesome and sharing Sha!

Love from the sky~


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Cris, you're the first one in today. Awesome! I agree with you about the MJ video. I found it perfect for this post. Thanx for the share - much appreciated!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, you know how I feel about this subject. Well done, Sha; a beautiful plea for Mother Nature and one I can only hope others will listen to. By the way, I don't know if you have been writing on your blog but I'm not getting notifications on it.


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

A serious situation we find ourselves in;

Tainted water to drink and polluted air to breath.

Mother nature can take only so much. I fear she

will break under the strain of deep pockets and man's greed.

You have pleaded her case beautifully.

The photos and videos bring it home, right to our front door.

Interesting thought----we may be remembered as the "wasteful generation".

Beautiful job on this hub, Sha!

DJ.


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Sheri Faye 2 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

Very beautiful. My heart aches for what we are doing to this planet of ours. I had never heard that M Jackson song or seen the video. Very touching!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bill, you commented on my blog last week. I haven't written a new one. I checked with others who have subscribed to my blog and they say they are getting notifications. I don't know why you haven't been getting them. The only thing I can suggest is to re-subscribe.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

DJ, not only are we wasteful, but disrespectful, selfish and greedy. If it doesn't stop and we don't start rebuilding what we've torn down, I fear life on Earth will cease to exist.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Sheri, I'd never heard MJ's song either. It came up when I searched 'save the earth' in YouTube. Quite appropriate and very well produced.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Sha,

I was thinking of this, one of my favorite MJ songs...so perfect for your most profound and insightful poem.

Both creative and passionate...you are clearly in your element! Simply beautiful and voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, Maria. Good to see you. I missed you at my last blog post. Did you not get your notification either? Bill didn't get his. :-(

I was thinking of you when I found the song. I hadn't heard it before finding it today but had an inkling you knew it well!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

This is a great reminder of our responsibility of caring for the earth. We have already damaged some areas that cannot be replaced,. Let's hope and pray that people realize we must live our lives in respect to all life.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Yes, indeed, teaches. Some of the damage is irreparable, but we can make changes in our habits to reverse or at least minimize any further damage. Thanks for caring!


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A great reminder of how we should be caring for God's wonderful gift of his creation - our environment. When some don't, we all suffer the consequences.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Blossom, if you take the time to go into my blog you will be appalled at what is being done to our Earth. There is a desperate need for a call to action if we expect to survive and keep this planet alive.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

A heartfelt plea for nature and a worthy one indeed. When will we learn? You've made your point strongly here with many examples. I fear greed and ignorance is going to kill us all and yet I hold on to hope. Let's hope joint action will work one day in the not too distant future.

Well done!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Annart, if we don't band together and make changes now, greed and ignorance, not to mention industry, will certainly kill us. I don't doubt that in the least. When the water supply is threatened and land development eliminates habitats for the lower end of the food chain (on which we depend) life will surely cease.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

That was beautiful bravewarrior and oh so darn true. I sit and watch the idiots cutting down the rain forest while at the same second the scientists keep shaking their heads and muttering global warming! for goodness sake can't they see the connection? the forests are the lungs of the world, we should take it easy and be more careful of our Mother Earth, wonderful! voted up and shared! nell


Barbara Cook 2 years ago

So powerful. I simply don't know what can be done about all the chemicals poured into out soil and air. And what is an individual to do against the magnitude of corporations and science and medical facilities that seem to have no alternative but to dump their waste either into our waterways or the earth? We are our own worst enemies. All over the world the offenses and contaminations exist. I remember as a child being told not to throw the dirty mop water in the yard because it would poison the soil from the ammonia we used for a cleanser. There isn't a drum large enough to hold our waste. And even so, it would probably explode when full from the buildup of elements that cannot be contained. Then what? Scary--isn't it?


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nell, that's only a small part of it. We are extracting more water from our aquifer than nature can replenish. We are literally killing ourselves. No, I shouldn't say 'we' - 'they- are killing us. Big business, poachers, all those who use our natural resources to gain a profit. Are we the people asked how we feel about this? No! That's why we need to come forth - out loud - and demand to take back our land!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mom, you are so right. It is inconceivable that we can fight the giants of greed that are killing our earth. But, individually, we can lessen the need by taking measures on a personal basis. We can also refuse to buy products from the globals that are killing the earth in order to turn a profit. Read my last blog, Mom. I know you were busy with your garden show, but I addressed this problem in that post. I think you'll find it interesting and disgusting.

Don't buy Niagara bottled water. The St. Johns River Management District is very seriously considering allowing their permit request to up their daily pumping activity of the Florida Aquifer from 480,000 gallons per day to 910,000 per day. Our aquifer is already endangered and the almighty dollar reigns higher than life? Are you friggin' kidding me?


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Hi Bravewarrior

True words indeed. Your poem points out the facts clearly and the world needs to listen. I like how you have wrote from the earth' s perspective.

Your red sky picture was striking.

Change is needed urgently and you voice that desperate need very well.

Anna


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Great hub, Shauna with an important message. Sadly, not only do humans feel they are immortal, we also apparently feel that our resources are, as well! Up++ Thank you!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, I took the photo of the red sky a couple of years ago.The sun was setting. I was so stricken by the intensity of the colors, I had to snap it.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Randi, unfortunately we take way too many things for granted. How many of us actually thing about where the water that comes out of our taps originates? Sadly, what was and what is may not make it to what will be.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Sha, I'm also concerned about what we are doing to the land, sea, and air. We cut off our noses despite our faces. Thanks for putting your blog link on here.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Not only was this a beautiful poem, it was so true. We moan at out creator when we suffer, yet we don't look inward at the destruction we're causing to this planet and once its ruined there will be no turning back. REV 18:4.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Flourish, I agree with you. We are cutting off our noses to spite our faces!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Jane, you said it perfectly. Shoulda woulda coulda won't be worth a hill of beans!


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ziyena 2 years ago from Southern Colorado

Brave .... beautiful poignant reminder of how mankind is taking advantage of mother earth. I love this verse ...

"My tears are dried up,

I can no longer feed the land

Yet you take more from me than Life can withstand."

Voting Up and keep it UP :)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ziyena, I'm pleased you got the message - it's an important one!


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

Great poem. You keep telling the message.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

This is a beautifully written poem that says so much about the way we don't take care of mother nature. This is such an important topic and yet, so many people ignore it. Voted up and shared.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, mylinda. I will!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pamela, I think too many people are still going about life with blinders on. If everyone would just open their eyes and take a good look around they will see it's not too late if we begin now to repair what we've destroyed. Thanx for sharing!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Sha, what a profound poem! You are a wonderful poet, and especially great when you are passionate about the topic, which is evident here.

Up and more and sharing.

Hugs,

Faith Reaper


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Faith it's been quite a while since I came up with a new poem. I think the environmental niche I've embraced with my blog is spilling over. Whatever it takes for people to listen, I will do my best.


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grandmapearl 2 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

bravewarrior, your message is so eloquent and heart wrenching. I feel the pain of the Earth and all her creatures trying so desperately to survive among uncaring, stupid and greedy humans.

I fervently wish that we who truly love this Earth can somehow stop the madness that continues on a daily basis. Well done, my friend ;) Pearl


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pearl, all we can do is try. But a few of us can't do it alone; it has to be a global effort.


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

Beautiful writing. Lately I have been noticing way too much trash strewn all over the roads here. I don't know what's going on, but it never used to be like this.

We compost everything we can to give back to the earth what we take out from it when we pick our summer vegetables.

My grandfather used to have a saying when he raked the fall leaves: you have to scratch mother earth's back.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Crafty, I love your grandfather's saying. It's awesome that you're giving back to the Earth. Hopefully, the rest of the world will catch on and follow suit.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Bravo! You have given Mother Nature a voice, Sha. Even the most cynical of mankind will feel the truth through your touching poetry. I read this once and immediately heard music. Then I sat down at my piano and began to compose, finding a way to 'house' your words. The melody came almost too easily. So did my tears.

The end result was a marriage between inspired words and music.

I voted up, useful, beautiful, awesome and wanted to keep voting. Sending this out through, followers, pinning, tweeting and FB and any other source I can find.

California is in a State of Emergency and running out of water. Even ranchers are forced to kill their herds because nothing is growing for them to eat.

Thank you my amazing sister ~ Audrey

Mother Earth embraces


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

My dear Audrey, please email me with your instrumental composition. I am so honored that you were compelled to put my words to music. That is the ultimate compliment! Oh, my Lordy. Please share this pairing with the world!

This comment is Kismet. I just posted my latest blog. The subject is global warming and how we humans have caused this progression of destruction.


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Kasman 2 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

I very much enjoyed the rhyme of this. Some clever input on those and it definitely kept me reading til the end. Even the Lord says to care for the Earth. I think it brings me back to a verse in the Old Testament that says the Lord will continue to keep the Earth going until the very end (paraphrasing). While we have a very serious responsibility on our own part to tend this beautiful garden we have, He will keep it running until the end. Either way, I enjoyed your thoughts on this as it is very sad that we seemingly do everything in our power to hurt our planet. Voting up!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kasman, I haven't heard from you in forever. What a nice surprise! I pray God will guide us to mend the wounds we have inflicted on our Earth. I'd hate to see this planet come to an end because of our disregard and disrespect.

It's really great to see you. Thank you for stopping by!


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wayne barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Beautiful lament, Sha. Hopefully this is a growing hope that is being instilled in mankind. How hard can it be to figure out that we need to nurture our home, not destroy it.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wayne, long time no see!

Unfortunately, humans don't care about the Earth. They only care about what makes life convenient. As a result, we are killing the Earth and all life on it, including ourselves! I have devoted my blog and my freelance career (which has yet to take off) to bringing awareness to the situation. I will continue screaming on behalf of Mother Earth until we listen - or die.

We have a choice. But not for long if we don't act now.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub Sha. I know I have read this one before but was just as good second time round,. Couldn't have left a comment last time either but ham doing so now. Here's wishing you a wonderful day and lots of love from Wales.

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx for coming back, Eddy. It's always a pleasure to see you on my poetry pages.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Such a heartfelt plebe to humanity to stop caring about their pockets and easy lifestyle and show some concern instead for the Earth and nature that provide everything. If we destroy the planet and suck it's resources dry what are we left with? Great poem, voted up.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Jodah, I'm not surprised you relate to this. You're of the same mindset as I am when it comes to our planet. Thanx for the great comment!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

A beautiful poem, here. taking, through poetry, a very noble and necessary stand. An encouraging message. Let's hope those with the ability to do something stand up.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Manatita, we all have the ability to do something. Each and every one of us can make a difference. The key is in caring enough to act.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Your deep and meaningful poem is poignant and sobering. Beautiful in rhyme and cadence, it sends an important message that each of us has a responsibility to the Earth. I'd never heard the Michael Jackson song before. It was beautiful, Shauna.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Peg, I'm always thrilled when someone reads and comments on this poem. I wrote it from the heart on Mother Earth's behalf. My blog deals with these issues and I tend to get pretty heavy with facts and figures. Not everyone relates to that. Or they choose to ignore what's in front of their face. Sometimes poetry makes the reader think more than having a page of scientific text presented to them.

I'd not heard that MJ song either. I was elated when I found it. It really sends the message home.

Thanx for taking the time to read and leave your beautiful comment, Peg.


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Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Bravewarrior.... such passionate message this brings forward the eternal question, "Just much longer can we rape and pillage the land and get away with it. I have seen some very horrible things over the years with mining, logging and the oil industry. Now they are filling the caverns they have pumped out with fresh water to get the last of the very last drop of the precious oil. Consider the amount of water that takes... what a shame. Clearcut logging completely strips the land and leaves it a wasteland for years to come. The sad part is these lands in heavy rainfall are leaching silt, debris and yes ever oil from the slobbering machines to pollute river and stream, Pulp and Paper mills are allowed to built right along river and draw the water need, Do they care, not a chance.

Ot is a passion of mine to stop whatever I can, years ago I was very involved in land preservation and stopped several project to be stopped or abandoned. Keep up the fight girl... good for you.

Hugs and Blessings


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Rolly, I'm a fighter too. My blog is all about Mother Earth and what we've done to her. I agree, it must stop. Clear cutting leads to soil erosion and eliminates multiple wildlife species. When they lose their homes, they cannot breed and they eventually become extinct. Kudos to you for being a part of stopping some of the destruction of our land.


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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is a beautiful poem and a heart felt plea from Mother Nature. We should all take a stand against the destruction of our earth.


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida Author

Sheila, I agree. We should begin by stopping putting poisons in our soils and waterways. There are so many things we can do on a personal level to stop the destruction. Then maybe our Earth can begin to repair itself.

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