Treasure Island

Danny Draper

(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

Sonnet for climate change


The dragon fled hells open gates to kill
Enacting its instinctive fatal drill,
Destroying all beneath denials lash
And in ruins bleached all opposed to ash.
Digesting fear it towed its corpse spare bag
Harbinger, by ignorance long haggard,
Hot acrid deserts grew and droughts prevailed
Some sought salvation from myth and wailed.
Generations oblivious to this
Consumed all in muted happy wilful bliss,
Leaders failed and pretended there was time,
Descendants held such negligence a crime.
We in denial brought this all aboard,
And must adapt to what it ill affords.

Danny Draper 23/10/2013

Submitted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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  • Kevin Patrick (11/10/2013 10:24:00 PM)

    If John Webster was around today he's probably write something just as apocalyptic as this. The raw grain of truth is so hard for most people to listen less see, and yet you cut through the reality with the swiftness of a machete with very beautiful use of language.
    And that closing
    We in denial brought this all aboard,
    And must adapt to what it ill affords.

    I fear this could be our epitaph when the lights go out. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (10/29/2013 11:30:00 PM)

    Isn't it time that someone actually listened to the wailing Earth...that the price to be paid for ignorance will be astronomical...I try to practice Being Green, with much more consciousness...sadly I know we...I... could do more.
    Thanks for the reminder, Danny. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/24/2013 8:12:00 AM)

    Generations oblivious to this
    Consumed all in muted happy wilful bliss,

    Many enviornmental problems arise from the deliberate or inadvertant abuse, misuse and over use of natural resources by thoughtless human beings who have no concern for the posterity! But how long we can continue to be in this wilful bliss? A powerful sonnet! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (10/23/2013 7:08:00 AM)

    Most countries are not prepared put themselves at an economic disadvantage doing the right thing (Australia included) . For a few hundred years humans will guzzle fossil fuels and in the millenniums to come, be remembered as the selfish generations - great poem. (Report) Reply

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