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One take on Climate Change

Updated on July 9, 2010

Climate Change

A Word of Explanation

The following poem was submitted for a Poetry Competition in 2006. The 3 conditions for entry were that the work had to be original, no more than 25 lines and on the topic of Climate Change.

Amazingly, my entry was "selected" for publication in an anthology of poetry by the the company running the competition. Not long after I was "invited" to purchase a leather bound copy of the anthology for about $150. My guess is that just about every entry was "selected" for publication!

I didn't pay the money.

Regarding climate change. This little poem just about sums up my thoughts and knowedge of climate change at that time. Having read quite a bit more on the subject since, I probably would'nt write it quite the same today.

Climate change

I’m not a greenie but I don’t know,

why we continue to burn it so.

With fossil fuel and CO2,

killing the air and the future too.

It’s global warming and climate change,

that’s wiping up storms and drying the range.

Tim Flannery says the sea will rise.

More waterfront views Oh.. what a surprise.

We’re happy to trade the short term gains,

of the resources boom for long term pains.

We’ve got plenty of sun, And the wind blows strong.

Ethanol surely, and uranium?

But look out…, or it won’t be long.

If we don’t change…..

copyright H Morris 2006


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    • LongTimeMother profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      Hi Dags. Great poem.

      I lived in Perth for a few years and saw a bit of WA. So darn big it's impossible to see all of it!

      Two of the things that struck me most when I moved to Perth ... roses growing in sand ... and brown-stained fences where the bore water sprayed. Took me a while to get used to the way it feels like your skin is peeling from your face in the heat as well. lol.

      Have to say though, I loved WA once I'd been there a while, made friends, got used to the heat etc. One of my adult daughters moved back over there and is now in Freo.

      Voted your poem up! :)

    • attemptedhumour profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      Hey Mr and Mrs Dags you got me with the trees, I thought there might be one or two but boy was I wrong! Hope you have settled in over there and you are settled in. All the best mate.

    • dags the drover profile imageAUTHOR

      dags the drover 

      8 years ago from still lost in Western Australia

      Mate... I think the oil companies have governments by the short and ......., thats why we are so slow to get renewables going.... think of the combined energy available from the sun and sea.

      Btw, I had no idea what W.A. was like untill we arrived here a couple of months ago.... Now... with authority I can tell you W.A. has three things. Rocks (large granite ones like Wave Rock etc), trees (of which there are billions), and big holes in the ground (as in mines. I get to drive down into some of them and believe me they are BIG).

      So there you are.... thats W.A. Cheers Dags

    • attemptedhumour profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      That's a pretty snazzy poem mate but there's too much common sense for the pollies to understand. Just keep digging those minerals up out west that will fix it. Uranium being the obvious one. Australia should be the depot for waste, because it would be the safest place on the planet and the profits could go into all the other green schemes. Wave power, solar, we've got it and we have minute bills. So do larks, but that's another story.

      Hope it works out for youse over there, keep us Easterners posted. Cheers.


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