I wrote this poem about 5 years ago for a climate fiction paranormal mystery trilogy that’s still in the works. My idea was inspired by drought and summer fire destruction happening in my province of British Columbia, Canada, and in other locations around the world.
My story takes place in a future devastated by global warming, rising temperatures, and annual firestorms. Every year, the people left alive come together to sing Gaia’s Garden as part of an annual mandatory community ritual.
Gaia had a garden
Plushly green and pure
Crystal water mountains
Sustenance for all
Bullies took Her garden
Lying murder theft
Dread extinction death
Children tend Her garden
Now for evermore
Return Gaia’s nature
Plushly green and pure© 2016 Jan L. Mayes
Feature Photo by Veeturzey on Unsplash.
Jan L. Mayes“Never give up. Never surrender.”
Author, audiologist, educator, quiet activist, playing with words.