Echoes of Earth’s Sorrow

From swimming in the corals to swimming in the trash
The plastics are coming in the way of my splash.
When I go into the city from my hills homestay,
The air is too weird, I can see the sprints of gray.
There was a time during covid when birds I hadn’t seen came out.
Now some hide under the seasides in our apartments.
Finally I felt some tranquility knowing the wounds of mother earth were healing,
Yet we returned to where we were.
That made my inside hurl.

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  1. Title: Reflections on Environmental Desolation: A Poignant Plea for Change

    “Echoe’s of Earth’s sorrow” is a deeply evocative poem that powerfully conveys the poet’s distress and disillusionment regarding the deteriorating state of the environment. Through vivid imagery and heartfelt words, the poet effectively communicates their message about the devastating impact of human activities on the natural world.

    The poem begins with a striking contrast between the serene experience of swimming among corals and the jarring reality of swimming amidst plastic waste. This stark juxtaposition serves as a powerful metaphor for the intrusion of human negligence and waste into once-pristine ecosystems.

    The focus then shifts to the urban environment, where the poet experiences a disheartening change in air quality upon leaving their peaceful hills homestay. The use of the phrase “sprints of gray” vividly captures the visible signs of pollution, representing the encroachment of industrialization and its impact on the atmosphere.

    Amidst the bleakness, the poem alludes to a glimmer of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergence of unseen birds seeking refuge symbolizes the resilience of nature when human interference is reduced. This serves as a poignant reminder of the potential for healing and rejuvenation if we prioritize environmental stewardship.

    However, the poet’s hope is shattered as they observe a return to the previous state of environmental degradation. The poem’s emotional depth intensifies as the poet expresses their internal turmoil, their “inside hurl,” in response to this regression. This raw and visceral reaction reflects the poet’s profound disappointment and highlights the urgency of the situation.

    Overall, “From swimming in the corals to swimming in the trash” is a poignant plea for change and action. It serves as a powerful reminder of our individual and collective responsibility to protect and restore the environment. The poet’s vivid descriptions and heartfelt emotions make the poem relatable and compelling, urging readers to reflect on their own role in environmental conservation.

    In its brevity and emotional impact, this poem resonates deeply, leaving a lasting impression. It calls upon us to awaken our environmental consciousness, encouraging us to reassess our actions and work towards a future where the wounds inflicted upon Mother Earth can genuinely heal.

  2. This poem touches upon the themes of environmental degradation, pollution, and the contrast between nature and urban environments. It juxtaposes the beauty of nature to the bleak reality of pollution and waste. In the first line itself, it effectively captures the contrast between the untouched serenity of nature and the degraded environment, marred by humans. The use of vivid imagery in the line, “The plastics are coming in the way of my splash,” emphasizes the invasion of plastic pollution on the speaker’s pleasure of nature. It highlights the environmental impact of plastic waste and its negative consequences.
    The poem shifts to an urban setting, using more vivid imagery in the line, describing the air as “weird” and “with sprints of gray”, clearly painting a picture of polluted city skies. The mention of birds during the COVID lockdown suggests the healing and return of nature in unexpected ways. However, the subsequent line reveals that some birds have adapted to urban environments, seeking refuge in apartments instead of their natural habitats. This juxtaposition highlights the encroachment of urbanization on wildlife habitats. The lines about the healing wounds of mother earth being disrupted and the sense of disillusionment expressed by the speaker add emotional depth to the poem—frustration with the lack of progress in efforts to preserve the environment. The final line strengthens this emotional reaction, invoking a similar feeling of despair and disgust at the state of the environment.
    Overall, the poem effectively captures the environmental concerns and the disheartening realities of pollution and urbanization. It uses imagery and emotions to evoke a sense of urgency and reflection, highlighting the need for environmental awareness and action.

  3. this poem is a poignant commentary on the fragile state of our environment, skillfully expressed through evocative language and vivid imagery. It serves as a call to action, urging us to reevaluate our choices and work towards a more harmonious coexistence with nature. A thought-provoking piece that resonates long after the final lines are read .

  4. Title : Echos of Earth’s Sorrow
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    The poem strongly reflects the poets frustration regarding the callous behaviour of human being towards nature. The poet is sadden by the fact that human’s insolent appproach towards the environment would led to its ultimate ruin.
    “From swimming in the corals to swimming in the trash” sums up the shocking reality that our world is currently facing. This sentence raises important questions and sets the stage for a reflective analysis that emphasises the negative effects of human behaviour on the environment.
    Beginning with their own experience, the author contrasts the peaceful beauty of swimming among bright coral reefs with the unsettling presence of plastic litter. The conflict between the natural wonders of our earth and the harm caused by humans that threatens them is clearly illustrated by this contrast.
    When travelling from a tranquil homestay in the highlands to a busy city, the  air pollution becomes alarmingly visible. The description of “sprints of grey” captures the existence of smog and its obvious effects with dramatic detail, illuminating the tragic effects of human activity on air quality.

    In an otherwise depressing story, the mention of birds appearing during the COVID-19 pandemic gives a glimpse of hope. This brief period of harmony between people and the natural world suggests the possibility of improvement. However, this optimistic outlook is quickly dashed when the author regrets the fact that these birds are kept in man-made habitats confined to apartments, which is a direct result of human failure to maintain a sustainable and balanced ecosystem.
    Overall, “Echoes of Earth Sorrows” offers a moving analysis of how disconnected humans are from the natural world. It urges us to reconsider our relationship with nature and work towards maintaining and restoring the beauty and harmony of our planet by providing a potent reminder that our actions have far-reaching effects.

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