David Wood

Gold Star - 13,745 Points (07 April 1950 / London)

A Climate Of Change - Poem by David Wood

We didn't go abroad this year, we had our summer holiday
Here in the UK where it had rained all summer long.
We scuba dived in the sea but it was dead, devoid of all
Life; we walked the coastal path to where the bungalow
Fell in the sea last year, near to the wreck of the oil tanker
That ran aground in a winter storm.

On the only dry day we had we went for a picnic sitting
In a meadow beneath an oak tree but there were no wild
Flowers, and no bees either; even the Holly Blue's didn't show.
Only the soft noise of fracking in the next field. Cows that once
Graced that field now stand farting and eating their lives away
In a shed that's part of a factory farm.

On our last day we sat in the cafe eating cod and
Chips, cod caught in the Irish sea loaded with
Caesium 137 and strontium 90 that had been seeping
Out of Sellafield nuclear power station over the years.
We could have had the Pacific tuna irradiated from the
Fukushima fall-out but preferred the cod.

Topic(s) of this poem: climate change

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

We only have one Earth, if we mess it up we can't have another one. The bees have a saying for us humans; 'if we die, we take you with us'. We can't keep treating nature with contempt.

Comments about A Climate Of Change by David Wood

  • (12/4/2015 7:24:00 PM)


    Have we not messed it up already
    For me and you and Freddy?
    (Freddy represents all the rest of us, including bees and all living creatures)

    I find this poem wonderful and it really shakes you up.. It is a very good example of how we are killing all life and the planet itself.
    Should be read by all who love and respect life and our battered mother Earth.
    Thank you David. You can say Mission Accomplished!
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  • Spock The Vegan (12/4/2015 7:07:00 PM)


    Yes, the world is changing, and not for the better. Neither are the people. TFS (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (12/4/2015 5:29:00 PM)


    It seems so damn obvious, but a culture of ME and Now, will eventually destroy itself (Report) Reply

    David Wood (12/5/2015 3:04:00 AM)

    Factory fishing, factory farming, multi-nationals, governments going for nuclear power, we the people have no say, we as poets can only scratch the surface.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 4, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, December 4, 2015


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