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[Ambassador report] Free Report Sep 2020- My role as a Citizen of the Earth

by Aaditya Singh | 04-09-2020 03:17 Comments 14 Comments recommendations 1 recommendations



The recent essay competition about biodiversity gave us all an avenue to delve into the topic. In this regard, while many of us would have written our essays, for this month’s free report, I have chosen to write my thoughts in an unconventional form- as a poem inspired by a real life incident. I have used a short phrase/sentence structure with simple language to keep the focus on the real message rather than diverting the attention with big words, numbers and data. My purpose is to make a better impact on the readers by first building a storyline and then driving home my point.

 

Live and Let Live

 

“My role as citizen of Earth”

you ask me to elucidate

And I ponder

If it’s already too late

 

Lost in thoughts

I wonder what to write

When something happened

to make me cringe with fright

 

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKK

Out of my skin I jumped

The eerie piercing shriek

knocked me out stumped

 

I raced, heart madly thumping

Daylights scared out of me

Where’s the fire?

What could it be?

 

Halting in my tracks

as I ran straight into Mom

Yet, hard as I looked,

I couldn’t find the fiery storm

 

Eyes wild with fear,

her expression was a haze

My eyes scanned the kitchen,

following her wandering gaze

 

Perched on the table,
her stance terribly tense
She refused to acknowledge
my teeny tiny presence

 

Not a flaming Torch,

but holding an upraised broom

Somewhat frozen in time

Statue of Liberty in doom

 

Her glassy eyes out of focus,

slowly she turned

as I was trying to figure out

what it was that burned

 

And then- A long, black, coily tail

disappeared behind the bin

Gosh! IT WAS A RAT

that had caused this rickety din

 

Suddenly with a mighty huff

out of her trance, Mom seemed to snap

She started a war dance

brandishing a clanging metallic trap

 

Setting a morsel of bread

with a piece of cheese as bait

She coolly continued her chores

while, in a dilemma I had to wait

 

Mom was scared indeed

but the rat was more so

We had our cosy home

but where was the poor thing to go

 

Hoping against hope I asked-

could we not just leave it?- Alone

After all, besides that it lived,

No harm had been done

 

She stared at me strangely

like I was completely out of my mind

Unhealthy… Dirty … … she yelled

this isn’t a situation to be kind

 

Its vermin, its dangerous…

she shouted “ IT HAS TO GO”

Oh… our house was built on its home

she never considered that though

 

The pure air we breathe,

Green wonders that sustain all

Thoughtlessly we uproot them

to build our homes and malls

 

Head wrapped around my gloom

back in my room, I thought

That vanishing tail choked me

much as I fought

 

Creatures around us that live

Every plant, each tree

All need to live in harmony and peace

as much as you and me

 

Step into their sorry shoes

and you’ll be scared to see

Dangers lurking around every corner,

in the skies, in depths of the seas

 

Pollution and overflowing litter
are grisly culprits lowly
Habitat destruction
is killing the nature slowly

 

Climate Change too

adds fuel to the raging fire

Predators and disease

also never seem to tire

 

Overexploitation as food

and pet trade too

Can animals be safe

only in the zoo?

 

UV Radiation, chemical waste

are a bag of worries

Looks like we may see some species

only in stories.

 

For our biodiversity,

they’re as important as me and you

If they were to vanish,

it won’t be long before we go too

 

Global diversity decline

is a matter of grave concern

Are we going to let them

simply fade into oblivion?

 

They may not all be of use to us

but they deserve attention

And more so because

we’ve created this sorry situation

 

Not just flora and fauna

our own race suffers at our hands

We try to divide, air and water

by drawing boundaries across lands

 

Our desires never satiate-

beyond our wants, we pay no heed

Our needs- the planet can meet

but alas! it fails to fulfill our greed

 

Wars conflicts, clashes terrorism

Poverty, hunger and strife

Human race for supremacy

defeats the purpose of life

 

There’s just one law of nature

‘Live and Let Live’

But we humans decided

to take it all, and not give?

 

“My role as citizen of Earth?”

you ask me to elucidate

And I tell myself

It’s never too late

 

We can, we must and we will

Join hands to promote

a culture of peace and sustainability,

for there’s hope still…

 

Does the answer not lie

hidden in your question itself

Let us all be Citizens of the Earth

rather than frogs in our own wells.

 

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14 Comments

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings aaditya
    I hope you are doing well
    Very beautiful and touchy poem
    Thank you so much for your report.
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire

    Posted 17-09-2020 23:12

Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Hello Aditya,
    Green Cheers from Nepal

    I really Loved your poem . I find it really interesting and meaningful. We humans must not think that Earth is the habitat of human only but it is habitat of all living creatures.

    Regards,
    Sagar Koirala
    Posted 08-09-2020 15:41

Aaditya Singh

  • Aaditya Singh says :
    Thank you Mentors and friends for your encouragement.
    Justice- for sure we can keep in touch and collaborate in the days to come!
    Posted 07-09-2020 06:02

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Aaditya!
    It's your SJ mentor.
    I'm very impressed with the last sentence that you wrote.
    'Let us all be Citizens of the Earth rather than frogs in our own wells.'
    Let's do our best to protect the world while doing our daily jobs.
    Thanks for your novel poem trigger actions to our nature.
    Keep sharing your new gorgeous writings.
    Green cheers!

    Posted 06-09-2020 04:11

Paras Kunwar

  • Paras Kunwar says :


    Hello Aaditya ,
    Greetings and namaste form Nepal
    Thank you for sharing your report.
    Your poem was amazing
    Keep sharing reports,
    keep writing
    We are looking forward to know more from you.

    Regards
    Paras Kunwar
    Posted 05-09-2020 14:09

Dolma Diki Sherpa

  • Dolma Diki Sherpa says :
    Greetings
    Wow wonderful poem to give a message to all world

    Keep writing such awesome poem.


    Regards
    Dolma
    Posted 05-09-2020 12:16

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Aaditya

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on My role as a Citizen of the Earth. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. I really loved it.

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 05-09-2020 11:57

Justice Obiri

  • Justice Obiri says :
    As a writer myself, just after seeing the format of writing I knew straight ahead that this a poem, and as a Person Of Equal Thought (POET), I commend you for this beautiful piece of writing. Maybe we could collaborate on your next piece, I would love to jump on it.
    Get in touch via Email justobiri@gmail.com.

    Green Cheers!
    Posted 05-09-2020 00:05

Malika  Rustamova

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Hey Aaditya,
    I hope you are staying safe and doing great with your works,
    Thanks for sharing such an inspiring and creative poem with us. Its our common duty and responsibility to protect our mother nature,
    keep writing and sharing such an insightful report,

    Yours,
    Sandhya
    Posted 04-09-2020 17:00

Yasmin Hussain

  • Yasmin Hussain says :
    your poem does gave me a kind of vibe. like a realization of what happened on earth and everything. cool!!
    Posted 04-09-2020 12:50

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Aaditya, this is your mentor WooJoo :)

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem with us, it is creative and imposing.
    I felt quite sad reading your report, which made me look back and see what humans have done and make a 'sorry situation' like you said. I agree that everyone should put an effort to follow the nature's only law: Live and let live.

    Thank you again for the impressive writing, and hope you keep doing great job.

    Take care, and green cheers! :)

    Posted 04-09-2020 12:49

Dominica Charles

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