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World Earth Poetry

Updated on June 6, 2014

The Last Question

Someone, Somewhere, Someday, will ask the last question.


What if we lost a grain of sand?

What if we lost a foreign land?

What if we lost a honey bee?

What if we lost an Arctic sea?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost a stone on a beach?

What if we lost the freedom of speech?

What if we lost an oak tree leaf?

What if we lost a coral reef?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost another blue whale?

What if we lost a wooded trail?

What if we lost the soil to grow?

What if we lost the last plateau?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost one drop of rain?

What if we lost the will to complain?

What if we lost just one emotion?

What if we lost a deep blue ocean?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost a brown tree ant?

What if we lost a garden plant?

What if we lost a great white shark?

What if we lost a wooded park?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost a shallow lagoon?

What if we lost the evening moon?

What if we lost the will to conform?

What if we lost the need to inform?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost a butterfly wing?

What if we lost a scorpion sting?

What if we lost a tiger’s claw?

What if we lost the rule of law?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost a flake of snow?

What if we lost a glacier flow?

What if we lost the need to explore?

What if we lost the last wild boar?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost the sound of a choir?

What if we lost the warmth of a fire?

What if we lost the winter snow?

What if we lost the gulfstream flow?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost The Northern Lights?

What if we lost Dark Sky nights?

What if we lost a rainforest tree?

What if we lost the ability to see?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost our standing stones?

What if we lost all dinosaur bones?

What if we lost our oil and gas?

What if we lost the pampas grass?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost the reason to laugh?

What if we lost the first born calf?

What if we lost the citrus lime?

What if we stopped measuring time?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost another wildcat?

What if we lost one more fruit bat?

What if we lost China’s great wall?

What if we lost the name of Nepal?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost an elephant seal?

What if we lost the need to feel?

What if we lost the Olive Baboon?

What if we lost the seasonal Monsoon?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost the Rocky Mountains high?

What if we lost the ability to cry?

What if we lost a cool sea breeze?

What if we lost the seven seas?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost hot water springs?

What if we lost Saturn’s rings?

What if we lost a polar bear?

What if we lost the fresh morning air?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost a tiger snake?

What if we lost a freshwater lake?

What if we lost every mountain range?

What if we lost the need to change?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost a northern gannet?

What if we lost a single blue planet?

What if we lost a dragonfly?

What if we lost the stars in the sky?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


What if we lost the Cherokee Nation?

What if we lost all vegetation?

What if we lost a bird of prey?

What if we lost the Milky Way?

Who’s going to notice? Who’s going to care?


Who is going to notice? Who is going to care?


No one but me… And I didn’t notice and I didn’t care. But I will always be there.


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@ 2014 Brian McKechnie (aka WorldEarth)

Old Friend

I wrote this after our beloved seven year old Labrador died of cancer in January 2014. It may have some relevance to other pet lovers who have also lost an “old friend”.


If I had given you another name what would it have been?

Looking back on your life what would that name mean?

Something that says everything I cherished and still do,

A name that tells everyone how special you were too.


Someone who was always happy to be by my side,

Who never questioned me and would never hide,

You were always there for me right up to the end,

I am so proud to have known you my old friend.


When I felt my world was empty and I only wanted to cry,

When I was feeling low or troubled by my side you'd lie,

A simple wag of your tail encouraged me to carry on,

My old friend I miss you so much now that you are gone.


Memories of our time together are precious now to me,

Those pictures will never fade so clear for all to see,

For I will always find the time to think about you,

My old friend I know you will remember me too.


If only I could see you again I wish there was a way,

To have you by my side for just one more precious day,

My sweet boy for now my love and kisses are all that I can send,

Until we are together again you will always be my old friend.


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@ 2014 Brian McKechnie (aka WorldEarth)

My Dear Old Friend

Our sweet boy Nero. RIP.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful poetry and a loving tribute to your faithful companion.

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      Brian 3 years ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Thank you for your kind words. Brian

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      Richard Francis Fleck 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I very much enjoyed reading your thoughtful poems--especially liked "What if..."

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      Brian 3 years ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for your kind words. Brian

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      The Last Question really stirred my imagination - what if indeed. A most intense poem I enjoyed reading. Lovely tribute to your Lab, such unconditional love our dogs bring us. Thanks.

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      Brian 3 years ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Thank you. Our pets never question or judge or condemn, That's why most people will do anything for them. Brian

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