The Last Water #writephoto #poem #sonnet #climatechange

Cold Jack, content and job well done, creeps home,

Allowing Spring her turn to warm the earth.

Crocus tongues push out through softening loam

As glass-eyed shepherds watch their flock give birth.

We, unplucked youth, prime cocked with urgent sap,

Feel the tug of Nature’s call to breed.

Like sheep, we follow Her bewitching map

To plant, in fertile earth, our febrile seed.

Yet somewhere Nature’s diverse scheme is lost;

Our black-fuelled lust sears seasons into one.

Our greed neuters Jack; he’s become a ghost,

Sharp fingers culled by a remorseless sun.

Why should our lambs breed, after this breach of trust?

We’ve fried this once green Earth, turning it to dust.

This gloomy look at our future, in the light of climate change came back to me seeing the latest #writephoto prompt

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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16 Responses to The Last Water #writephoto #poem #sonnet #climatechange

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    A brilliant, if tragic, sonnet, Geoff.

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  2. Vivienne says:

    Wow! I love your sonnet. It is a warning, though.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    I agree with Sue Geoff this is epic 💜

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  4. So lyrical, Geoff

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    I was just reading about the massive Sahara dust storm now darkening the skies of the south. And the heat wave in the Siberia. Oh yeah, none of it good.

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  6. George says:

    This is brilliant, Geoff, beautiful and poignant, a celebration and a diatribe in one. Every word is perfect.

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