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“I’m a radical environmentalist; I think the sooner we asphyxiate in our own filth, the better. The world will do better without us. Maybe some fuzzy animals will go with us, but there’ll be plenty of other animals, and they’ll be back. Anthony Bourdain”

The moon is a peach in the sky.
The stars are sparkling grape tomatoes.
The cicadas are singing now.
They’ve emerged from their underground homes.
Watching the garden grow
in the dark of the universe.
I hear the nightly owl fluttering overhead.
With all the beauty around me
I mourn.
The orca’s skull can be seen beneath her blubber
as she carries her dead calf on her emaciated body.
The calf kept sinking as the mother
tried to push her towards the surface of the water.
So much beauty in this earth
and it is rotting beneath our feet.
The earth is an overripe peach
long past its maturity.
One day maybe we will be gone
and all that remains will be the skeletons of cities
poking through the overgrowth
with whales and deer and wolves
living in our place
roaming free and safe.

local peaches

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coalblack
    Jul 31, 2018 @ 16:38:46

    Have you ever seen a show called “After People”? This makes me think of it.

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  2. Shasta
    Jul 31, 2018 @ 17:41:09

    I love how you went from the moon being a peach to the earth being a peach.

    I am also so hungry and would love to pluck sun-warm cherry-tomato stars to gobble up before dinner.

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  3. revivedwriter
    Jul 31, 2018 @ 17:48:00

    The image of the dead calf and the emaciated orca makes me mournful. This poem is nicely written.

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  4. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 31, 2018 @ 18:04:32

    Heavy duty. Here we can’t breath. We are hemmed in by fires and the air is toxic. 😓

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  5. Corey Rowley
    Jul 31, 2018 @ 19:31:57

    So sad…but the imagery here is so good. It packs a sickening punch that I won’t be able to get out of my head.

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  6. willow88switches: Pat
    Jul 31, 2018 @ 19:43:21

    we must mourn the loss – not ours, but THEIRS – for our desecration of this all-giving and up until recently, most forgiving planet; but for our greed and desperation, we walk ….
    and however softly, perhaps, it is rather late in the day for grief ….
    I like how you’ve associated the moon and earth as peach, and I really was surprised by the stars as sparkling grape tomatoes! that totally caught me off guard – but I LOVE it …. how delicious an idea and image, but not for the picking, but rather, just to savour for its beauty!

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  7. Sherry Marr
    Jul 31, 2018 @ 20:06:32

    You have written what i so deeply feel. I believe! The wildlife has flourished in chernobyl without humans. Apparently we are worse than radiation. A powerful write. That mother orca breaks my heart.

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  8. mhmp77
    Jul 31, 2018 @ 20:16:58

    kaykuala

    day maybe we will be gone
    and all that remains will be the skeletons of cities
    poking through the overgrowth

    Reality in the making if Man is not careful enough to take remedial steps!

    Hank

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  9. Cressida
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 00:48:25

    The natural world is truly beautiful The two legged monsters ( chief inhabitants) not so much. There will be consequences ( awful ones) for desecration and we have been warned by ancient texts of what is come. Sadly I do not see much hope for our natural world. Each individual must keep on trying and do their bit and hope for a miracle.

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  10. Magaly Guerrero
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 02:08:32

    One day–rather soon, if we continue as we have been (and all evidence says we will)–we will have to harvest the rotten fruit of the horrors we’ve planted. And no, it won’t be pretty.

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  11. anmol(alias HA)
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 05:55:33

    Oh, this is a grim but real picture of all the damage that we have done and keep on doing. We have environmental summits and conclaves going on all over, but with an industrial mindset.
    I find the Bourdain quote to be an apt theme for this verse, and how you bring it about through subtle metaphors and vivid images is very well done.
    -HA

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  12. Jim
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 06:26:03

    I loved your ending, Toni. Things will be so peaceful and serene. Like a quiet house, early in the morning a couple of hours before the folk awaken. Like this morning, only me and the fish stirring and I’m going to read and sip my decaf.
    ..

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  13. sanaarizvi
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 07:37:05

    The image of the dead calf and the emaciated orca breaks my heart 😥 sigh.. powerful write, Toni.

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  14. annell4
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 09:35:14

    Yes, for the other species of the world, they would be better off without us.

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  15. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 01, 2018 @ 14:21:25

    I fully expect that humans will be made obsolete… sometimes I imagine earth as a big dog who will get rid of the fleas that has infested his fur.

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