Donal Mahoney

Roundup - Poem by Donal Mahoney

Monsanto still has problems
after the carnage caused
by Agent Orange.
People continue to decay.

Monsanto’s Roundup
has its problems, too.
It wipes out weeds,
some native plants as well.
The milkweed is a
good example.

In order to survive
the Monarch butterfly
needs the milkweed plant
but Roundup kills it.
This means
fewer Monarchs
in our gardens.

There’s no market
for dead Monarch parts
so corpses can't be sold.
Soon they’re dust
and disappear.

But if we plant milkweed
in our gardens and
don’t use Roundup,
we’ll always have
the Monarch here.

Topic(s) of this poem: gardening, nature, poison, social comment

Comments about Roundup by Donal Mahoney

  • Spock The Vegan (12/5/2015 3:54:00 PM)

    Very educational poem. You may already know that farmers in Canada and many other parts of the world had to destroy their crops because seeds blew in from Monsanto's genetically modified fields, contaminating them. Monsanto had the patent and sued and won. (Report) Reply

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  • Kim Barney (12/5/2015 10:07:00 AM)

    Very intriguing poem, Donal. The word Monsanto threw me at first, but it seems to be the name of the company that produces Roundup. Is that correct? Perhaps you should include that in a poet's note.
    In any case, I enjoyed the poem. I love butterflies. Please read my poem BUTTERFLY OF DEATH. Thanks.
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  • Shakil Ahmed (12/5/2015 9:23:00 AM)

    lovely poem, very well written with chosen words, thanks for sharing, (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/5/2015 9:22:00 AM)

    Very amazing sharing with thoughtful motive. Fantastically drafted and shared this poem in interesting manner. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 5, 2015

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