Earth Day
the world in a grain
of polymer


7 Responses

  1. Bruce Feingold Says:

    Bravo! Wonderful, ironic and touching haiku and a super tribute to William Blake who was the first poet who envisioned the dangers of industrialization:
    When my mother died I was very young,
    And my father sold me while yet my tongue
    Could scarcely cry 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep![a]
    So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.

  2. Alan Summers Says:

    Earth Day
    the world in a grain
    of polymer

    A good way of saying time is running out, as we think of those timers. Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia mentioned grains of salt, as did the Roman general Pompey.

    Bringing in polymer reminds me the original slavery tightly wove around cotton, now it's polymers in all its applications.

    A lot of allusions here, and that the planet Earth (odd name for a water planet) is safe but human animals could become extinct.

    Excellent example of saying a lot in very few words.


  3. Bruce Feingold Says:

    Hi Alan,
    I always enjoy your thoughtful, insightful response!

  4. Alan Summers Says:

    Thanks Bruce, it just goes to show that haiku are not limited in their scope, they can be ecocritical, as classic haikai verses often were.

    warm regards,


  5. haikuapprentice Says:

    I love the juxtaposition of images here – we have the ability to see and know our "blue planet" through technological miracles such as the satellites, which have provided the photographs of Earth that for the first time allowed humans to see and appreciate the world like a "grain of sand" on the shores of the cosmic ocean; and yet that same technological advancement risks polluting and destroying the environment we rely on for survival.

    I particularly love the confronting choice of final image. Polymer beads – seed-like, yet almost completely non-biodegradable for thousands of years. As we reap we shall sow…


  6. Lorin Ford Says:

    An excellent play on the Blake! Of which I feel sure he'd applaud. LeRoy Gorman's astute observations and sharp wit keeps haiku on it's toes.

  7. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Just brilliant!


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