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Stop Global Warming in Its Tracks

Updated on January 17, 2016
Harris's Sparrow
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January’s moon shines upon the ashen face

Who stares in silence in a manner of grace

Winsome smile crosses high cheekbones fair

With eyes of green intriguing, yet silently aware.


The chilling breeze takes the breath away,

Reflections arise for the mind to survey

While the lone heron crosses the path of the moon,

Intersecting the call of the Common Loon.


Surreptitious fog at the riverbank will rise

And catch the Purple Sandpiper by sheer surprise,

The rutting antlers of the caribou now knock

As a distant teakettle whistles at eight o’clock.


A thousand eyes breach what light remains

And scatter the dust across the plains,

The time is right and the hour is here

To share with nature a new frontier.


A secret world makes night come alive

Where the innocents can now easily survive,

Muffled honks and whistles permeate the air

With creatures found most anywhere.


The darkness is their closest friend

And pays them safety in dividends,

There are coons and opossums, bats,

Owls, armadillos, red fox and rats.


Our world is filled with all shapes and sizes

Who are truly aplenty when the moon rises

And if you look you will see

What is plain as day, in any degree.


So join your hearts and souls with me

Protect their future for them to be

Here with all for enjoyment and need

To make global warming disappear with greed.

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Dianna, the heat was due directly to El Nino this year, which actually will come more often as the years progress. Global warming has been going on for decades, and began with the breach of the ozone layer. Basically now, we are dealing with a melting polar ice cap, which has been steadily shrinking. Some people refuse to believe global warming, which can be shown by satellite photos of the ice cap then and now. It gets hotter and colder, depending on which season you choose because the suns rays are now unable to reflect off the ice that once was. Any other questions, let me know.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      Your poem shares an important message for our world. I am thinking about how all this warm weather may be part of global warming this year. I hope people make choices to preserve our natural world.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for reading, Audrey. Yes, it truly hits home with me and many others.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Such a wonderful poem! And such an important message!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank YOU for reading it, Norma!

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      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Very beautiful piece. I really enjoyed it. Thanks

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nadine May. When the words come, I just have to be there to write them down.

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      Nadine May 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a fantastic read. You have a great way with words. Awesome.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Norma! I always try to keep up action in some form regarding the global warming issue. The odd thing out, is that some fairly intelligent folk refuse to believe that it exists, so it might be a religious issue, too.

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      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Beautiful poem. Keep up the good work.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I hope so, too Katherine. I don't know what we'd do without our wildlife.

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      Katharine L Sparrow 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This lovely poem is a walk in the snowy woods! I love all the creatures you include. Many of them we have here on the Cape, others not. But I treasure wildlife here too, and hope that humankind can get its act together before it is too late.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Lawrence. I appreciate your input and loyalty.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Really enjoyed the word pictures

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So true, Vellur, it is surrounding us every day. Thanks for commenting.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem about global warming. Some people just refuse to accept that global warming is a reality.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Suhail. Tell everyone that you know about it, and get them on board, too. We're not going to be able to stop it, but we can slow it down.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Deb,

      Very nicely written poem around environment and especially global warming/climate change.

      Count me in on trying to end the global environmental catastrophe.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, cygnet, some things will never die. I supposed once people's minds are made up in some cases there is nothing that we can do, other than talk to other folks about what we know.

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      Cygnet Brown 

      2 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      The sad thing is that there are some people that would not believe something even if they saw it with their own eyes. I actually met someone yesterday YESTERDAY who still believes the world is FLAT. Seriously?

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Larry. There will always be a few naysayers, no matter what we say. Scientific evidence doesn't lie, and if one views the photos taken from the Chukchi Sea where there were never any open waters before due to thick ice, I think that substantiates the proof. This is why so many countries are trying to stake their claims and traverse these currently open waters as a shorter way to Russia and back.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Surabhi Kaura, thanks for reading and sharing. The more people that we can enlighten, the better. We cannot reverse the devastation that has already been caused, but we can slow it.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I get so overwhelmed with people's selective ignorance concerning this issue. It's a steep hill to stop global warming when such a high percentage of people either refuse to believe it's happening or are unwilling to recognize how horrific its cosequences will be.

      Great hub!

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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      Hi there! This was a brilliant read. Such a pivotal message. Sharing it. Much Joy and Peace.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Vovalcoach, you are the best for sharing, which helps us all that believe in the message that global warming is real. As a scientist, there is plenty of proof for those willing to listen.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you Deb for this marvelous hub on Global Warming. Each of us has a responsibility to do what we can to protect our planet. This goes for wildlife as well.

      Your poem is filled with a heart-felt message. I will gladly share this!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We are on the edge, but we won't see anything too terrible in our lifetimes.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Such an important message--we all have to do our part--and pray we haven't reached the tipping point yet!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, I know, cygnetbrown. The fact is, that it can be proven, yet they refuse to believe that something so unbelievable could be occurring.

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      Cygnet Brown 

      2 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      It is so sad that so many people are still in denial of this very real threat.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And thank you for being on board to share this information, ChitrangadaSharan. It takes special people to take action for those that cannot do it for themselves.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub, beautiful poem with an important message for everyone to follow sincerely. All of us must do our bit for the environment and its lovely creatures.

      You are doing a great job by spreading awareness! Thank you for sharing!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Mel. The birds need all the help that they can get.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      A lovely anthem in defense of our furry and feathered friends everywhere. Let's put it to music, join hands and sing. Your passion is heard, and echoed!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Never, Sha. NEVER. The earth will not be here forever.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Gypsy Rose Lee. It's a part of what I do.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      I wish we could stop the destruction of habitats. The two wooded lots next door to my house are being cleared to make room for new houses. Those lots have been a wildlife paradise for decades, if not centuries. I mourn the beautiful birds, raccoons, opossums, armadillo, squirrels, hawks, woodpeckers, and even the rats who have to find shelter elsewhere. It truly saddens me. I let the builder know in no uncertain terms that I hate what he's doing.

      When will it stop?

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most creative and inspirational.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We all must do it, Dora. I can't go it alone, and neither can anyone else. Please tell those that you know.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I heed your appeal, Nature Lover. The "creatures found most anywhere" are privileged to have you on their side. What a noble task you undertake!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Frightening, for sure. So many politicians just want to line their pockets and forget about the rest. This is where we have to force change, like we have been, and I believe that it is making a difference, Dave.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Linda. Indeed, it is. If we don't all come together to do this, it cannot be done.

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      Dave 

      2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Beautiful poem with a very important message. We as ordinary citizens can do our bit, but it is the Politicians we have to rely on to save our planet, it is a frightening thought. Loved this well done.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the description and atmosphere in this poem, Deb. Your final message is very important.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you, Diana. Nice to see you.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're welcome, Jackie. It's a huge spread in the entire magazine.

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      Diana L Pierce 

      2 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Well said. We need to clean up what took generations years to pollute. But it could be too late. Good poem.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Am all for knowledge, will take a look soon as I can get to it! Thanks.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Demas! It's always something, isn't it? Human traits aren't always very good ones, which is why we have to try to strive to do better.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Finely versed. Greed is what prevents world peace, stirs conflicts anew, and deprives mankind of its humanity. Good reminder, Deb.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Chantelle!

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      Chantelle Porter 

      2 years ago from Chicago

      That was lovely Deb.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I try to educate as much as possible, Missy, when it is close to my heart.

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      Missy Smith 

      2 years ago from Florida

      Very beautiful. You're a great writer, Aviannovice. I felt and saw the beauty in my mind with every scene you wrote. It's really captivating! What a gift, and such an important message you share here.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is my life's work, Shaloo, and I cannot rest until I get the word out to one and all.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Got to reach 'em all, Frank. Some people only really enjoy poetry, so I might as well go there, too.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's right, John, which is why thenPope and our President have made such an appeal for this. The real reason that Dutch Shell pulled out of the Chukchi Sea, is because they didn't hit oil where they thought they would, and millions of dollars went down the drain. Sadly, there are still active leases and will be until at least 2020, so heaven help the area.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's right, Marie. When you have areas affected now that have previously been No Man's Land, due to the fact that they cannot be reached by roads, the proof is in the pudding.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for reading, Jackie. Audubon's latest magazine "Aboard the Ship to Nowhere," did quite a spread on the ice that has disappeared. You can catch it on the Audubon site.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      What a beautiful poem with a relevant message! Your love for nature and birds is evident here.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      the fight against global warming in prose... oh what better writer you are :)

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Deb, wonderful poem displaying your knowledge and oneness with nature. We have to protect the environment and all the beautiful creatures within it. Climate change has to be acted on immediately and with purpose.

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      truthfornow 

      2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Right on! I don't have kids myself. But, I get sad when I think of how my nieces who are little now may have their own kids one day and so much more of our wildlife will be gone. They might never know many types of birds and polar bears and tigers will only be in picture books. We are so close to that point now, and we need to do something today.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I don't know if I would blame climate exactly but certainly man is doing animals no favors and basically governments are allowing or causing much of it. Their sprays and interference alone in our environment is enough to make us all sick for many years to come.

      I am all for saving us all and hope and pray something will happen soon before it is too late and really do believe that it will. The artist and creator of it all will not see His work destroyed and I truly believe nothing He has created is extinct to the point it cannot be recreated by DNA if not simple words as they were created.

      That being said; I do believe it is still our responsibility to protect in every way we know how, remembering soberly that not a sparrow falls that the creator does not see, since He said that is true.

      Beautiful poem, Deb, from beautiful inspiration.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Billy. It doesn't get any plainer than what is going on right now. I have a friend in Maine trying to take good care of a Baltimore Oriole.

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, manatita! Oil and greed are hand in hand, all right. One of these days, it won't be an issue.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you, Deb! The change in our climate cannot be denied or ignored any longer.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Yes, greed too, they sometimes seem to go together. What a beautifully well-crafted poem, with a meaningful message. Carry on ...continue ...much Love, Deb.

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