Tuesday, 7 April 2015


“If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” - Ellen DeGeneres

Poetry Jam this week has enjoined participants to think about thing impossible and write a poem about it. Here is my contribution in response to this:

The Impossible

The world is ageing fast
And in its death vision sees
With rheumy, presbyopic eyes,
Its own end in oceans of hellish fire, 
Rain of lambent ash, and rivers of molten metal.

People have hardened hearts
And robbed spirits, hollow souls;
Humanity overcome by brute savagery,
As our basest cannibalistic tendencies
Cause us to tear apart with nails and devour each other’s flesh.

Nature was stunned, killed long ago:
No green leaf budding, flowers but a distant memory;
No animal left to roam the burning deserts;
No bird to fly in poisoned air, no insect to burrow in roasted earth;
No shelter, no safe haven, no refuge left.

And yet, as long as there is one amongst us
With a vision, with a deep well of hope,
With strong belief and endless love,
We shall achieve what seems well nigh impossible:
This bluish-white sphere spinning endlessly in space,
This our only home, to save, and our dying world to revivify…


  1. A poem depicting truth and wisdom....love the imagery... simply remarkable!!

  2. "Nature was stunned, killed long ago"...none has the hearts to realize this except a handful of the lovers of Nature...they surely can make a difference...I like the two contrasting visions here....

  3. Really makes you consider the effect every decision has on creation, we can make a difference, if we want to. Thought provoking work.

  4. Restoring robbed spirits and filling hollow souls will be the only remedy.

  5. I want to believe that it is not too late, that we can still slow down the destruction we started and even save what is left to be saved.

  6. Wow, you really went 'gangbusters' with this prompt, Nick. We really have done immeasurable damage to the earth....sadly, for some creatures it is already too late. But, yes, as long as there is one among us with that hope and the drive we CAN achieve what might be thought impossible...I hope and pray this is true.

  7. Nicholas,

    Your poem reads with the similarities I listen to on my news each day. Depressing with the fate of humanity, nature and the survival of what we know as the world itself. I think that certain humans have destroyed so much of the fabric of the world, ignored conservation of almost everything, except wealth. Deeds against fellow human beings, defies description in their barbarity. I like the use of the word,'revivify. It offers hope in the face of the near impossible...

    Eileen ( Thank you for ALL your excellent comments at my Blog. Much appreciated)

  8. Hope in the power of love; certainly can achieve the possible where every impossible wrecks havoc

    Have a nice Wednesday

    Much love...

  9. I was struck by how the death of the earth in some ways resembles the beginnings of the earth. I do like the idea that with hope there is possibility.