Art is My Religion

June 5, 2010

The Gift

Filed under: art — Michele Spector @ 5:27 pm
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By Michele Spector

Nature bent to will,

The illusion that fuels

excess consumption,

At habitat’s expense,

And species’ extinction,

A hundred a day,

To extract amounts,

Devouring three earths,

From a single life.

I couldn’t have written a more difficult poem. My heart breaks over what has happened in the Gulf. It’s due to greedy oil companies making a fast buck. Irresponsibility has damaged a very fragile marine eco-system that may never recover. It’s still not over. I’m afraid the Gulf will become the new Le Brea tar pits and crude will move around the Florida coast to come up the eastern seaboard. I feel like I’m in a Mad Max movie!

When I first saw the oil slick, I envisioned it fueling the cause for renewable clean energy, and not just by activists. The main stream media is even talking about it now that it’s safe to of course. They definitely didn’t do their job to report how serious it was sooner.

I once read that it would take three earths to keep up with the current consumption rates, not even including the growth rate of India and China. I don’t think mother earth can take much more of this. This little blue planet of ours is unique in all the galaxy. It’s a dazzling display of life’s diversity. Capable of sustaining life, it has only a thin magnetic field protecting it from the ravages of space. There is no greater gift that we have, yet we take it for granted, and believe it will just keep on giving.


  1. I agree – if we don’t do something the beautiful blue will be a dull gray. and that won’t be the worst of it

    thanks for your visit to my site
    happy saturday

    Comment by moondustwriter — June 5, 2010 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  2. nicely said, and unfortunately all true statements here… I believe that our mother will swallow us up, leaving very few to start again….in the future they will call them natives……bkm

    Comment by soulintention: signed .............bkm — June 5, 2010 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for coming by and commenting. It’s so sad, and most people I try to talk to about this will call me a “doom and gloomer.” I just see the entire gulf oily. And unfortunately, according to scientists the south US will pay with a possible severe drought. No water is evaporating in the gulf.

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 5, 2010 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  3. great poem…and i imgaine it was hard. the hardest part for me is seeing the animals caught in its wake struggling…

    Comment by brian — June 5, 2010 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your kind comments. Yes, I find I can’t turn away, my heart breaks every time I see another oil covered bird.

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 5, 2010 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  4. Powerful expression and visual content. I’m very vociferous on this subject, but your wonderful poem is all that needs to be said. Thank you. I’ve added you to my poetry blogroll.

    Comment by Suzanne — June 5, 2010 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for visiting and putting me on your blogroll! I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem. I loved the artwork on your website as well by the way!

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 5, 2010 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

  5. sad but powerful memo,
    it gives people time to think about life, how unpredictable it is…
    Happy Saturday!

    Comment by jingle — June 5, 2010 @ 11:42 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your comments jingle and the awards! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 6, 2010 @ 12:11 am | Reply

  6. This event will change so many lives…all because of greed…so very sad…thanks for you poem and post.

    Comment by slpmartin — June 6, 2010 @ 4:18 am | Reply

    • Thanks for your comments! It is said, and it was totally preventable. This is why we have to keep watch over corporations. They are entities unto themselves. Here is a great website:

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 6, 2010 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

  7. Thoughtful, sad. Your words depict a sickening tragedy with poetic tact and evident concern. thanks

    Comment by dutus — June 6, 2010 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! I just keep having this horrible feeling of doom about the whole thing. Thanks for coming by.

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 6, 2010 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  8. its amazing how self destructive we as humans are. You would think if we are about to kill ourselves we would maybe stop and rethink our situation.

    Comment by unprecedentedintellectual — June 7, 2010 @ 2:31 am | Reply

    • I know! It’s pathetic actually. But unfortunately people in this country don’t take anything seriously until something catastrophic happens–like this! Things happen quietly behind the scenes. BP is a big oil behemoth and pretty much gets away with everything. I think they were really more interested in getting some more oil out than protecting the coast, its people and the wildlife. Thanks for visiting and your spot on comments!

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 7, 2010 @ 2:37 am | Reply

  9. Ah the love of money is truly the root of all evil~ Sometimes in the haste of asking, and wanting more I forget to count the cost of what innocents will pay for it. These words I agree are sadly true “excess consumption” what a thought provoking phrase that should make all rearrange priorities.

    Comment by D.S. Lear — June 7, 2010 @ 3:26 am | Reply

    • Sometimes we are conned into wanting more by slick TV ads and peer pressure. Also Americans always want bigger and better, we are spoon fed to want it. It takes practice to undo that. Thanks for coming by! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 7, 2010 @ 4:38 am | Reply

  10. It is a terrible thing that has happened in the Gulf. I don’t know what the ultimate consequences will be, but I think they will be truly awful.

    Comment by Morganna — June 7, 2010 @ 4:21 am | Reply

    • When I saw the oil slick I envisioned animals washing up completely covered in it fighting to survive. But when the storms come I knew many more would wash onshore, the ones we could not see. The real cost will be the smaller organisms and the fish, besides the cycle of life being broken. Animals come to the spot from all around the world. I also had this awful feeling of the Gulf being blackened and dead. Talk of forboding huh? But I also knew that this would be the spark that got everyone off their complacent behinds and pushed the Renewal Energy Age into being! Thank you so much for your comments!

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 7, 2010 @ 4:36 am | Reply

  11. dear michele,
    thanks for this poem. my heart too bleeds when i think about the poison that is spilling out in gulf, for how long will other species suffer for our greed? never ending greed?
    lots of love.

    Comment by trisha — June 9, 2010 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

    • We think that because we are Americans that we are better than the world. We take and take thinking there is an endless supply to give us. But if we don’t take care of the earth she chastises us, like what is happening now. It’s a clarion call if ever there was one. But I also know that people are now off their duffs and want to do something positive to change “what is.” I am just afraid of the first hurricane because all the dead wild life is going to wash up everywhere, not what we see now, but underneath where no one can see. It will be heart rending beyond what we can imagine. I really hope not. I just keep having this horrible feeling. Must be my ESP kicking in or something.

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 10, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

      • i really wonder when human beings will realize that earth is their “only” chance. cant they sometimes apply their brains instead of being blindly guided by their greed?

        Comment by trisha — June 29, 2010 @ 10:29 am

  12. Relevant and beautiful. You capture the sadness of the whole situation effectively.

    Comment by El — June 12, 2010 @ 1:53 am | Reply

    • Thank you! I just found out from a geologist friend they are not going to be able to cap it. It is a blown-out well. It’s going to just keep gushing. The only thing they can do is build several relief wells to relieve the pressure and bring the oil to surface and onto ships. The Gulf is wasted. You’ll notice they are not showing you oil-covered animals anymore. That’s the really sad part. It was totally preventable! Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 12, 2010 @ 2:28 am | Reply

      • most of these disasters are preventable, lucky for the wildlife that they are atleast going to stop it.

        Comment by trisha — June 29, 2010 @ 10:30 am

      • Let us hope so. It all depends on us. We have to always pay attention to what those in power are doing. I have signed up with many wildlife groups and they email me if I need to sign a petition to defend any wildlife defense things going on.

        Comment by Michele Spector — June 30, 2010 @ 1:35 am

  13. so you did not post a poem or comment for week 22,
    hope that you find time doing it…

    Comment by Jingle — June 12, 2010 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  14. I have been reading lots of poetry about this disaster – it certainly has inspired some passionate reactions as well as some inexplicable nonchalance. This poem exists regardless of any oil (natural) disaster, past, present, or future.

    Comment by Shaky — June 15, 2010 @ 1:44 am | Reply

    • Jason,

      I can’t imagine anyone being nonchalant about this disaster, unless it is the only way for some to deal with the unimaginable…by turning it off completely. Better not to feel anything than feel totally hopeless! I appreciate your comments and I’m glad you saw the meaning in the poem. Yes, it is not just about this disaster. I wrote this poem when I heard someone say that we are using the equivalent of 3 earths. I thought, my God, we’ll use it up. No wonder the earth is revolting against us!

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 15, 2010 @ 1:51 am | Reply

  15. hi michele,

    im new to your poetry blog. this is a timely post about the gulf oil spill disaster. i join hands with you bringing this issue to the fore and for the quest of making bp responsible for the mess they have done.

    keep on.

    Comment by hames1977 — June 18, 2010 @ 5:02 am | Reply

    • I was saving it and decided it was time to post it. It’s very sad for all the marine life that is dying and the cycle of life that will be interrupted. It’s going to get much worse and they can’t plug it now. It’s just going to keep running till it runs out. The worst part is of course that it could have been prevented. It was caused by people cutting corners who had no business drilling those wells. There is another, bigger one than this, that a whistleblower went to congress about, pretty much in a similar situation. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by!

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 18, 2010 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  16. how sad!
    Thank you Michele for checking on me when I was down facing some problems.. It really meant a lot to me my friend.

    Comment by nanno1982 — June 18, 2010 @ 11:48 pm | Reply

    • You’re welcome! Everyone has those days at some time or another. Hope you’re doing a little better now. Glad to see you back. I haven’t been in a couple of poetry rallies…dealing with some life interruptis things and getting ready to go to school for three months. That’s kind of exciting for me. Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 19, 2010 @ 3:12 am | Reply

  17. A little late to this one, but I must say, so true. So true.

    It is a terrible thing we have unleashed, but it is merely the latest, most profound example of it. We build our society, fuel our own desires–not needs–to the detriment of the world around us. A tragic poem that powerfully captures an equally tragic situation.

    Comment by Chris G. — June 21, 2010 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

    • Chris,
      Yes, it is tragic! The only silver lining, if you can really call it that, is that everyone now gets it. What we do in the world, or let our governments do if we don’t voice our opposition, does affect us. And this will fuel the new renewable energy age. People will look back on how things were before the gulf oil spill and after. Thanks for stopping by and your thoughtful comments.

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 22, 2010 @ 2:43 pm | Reply


    one poetry award: the celebrate poet of May honorable mention,
    three general awards,
    Happy Tuesday!

    Comment by Jingle — June 22, 2010 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  19. Hey there –

    Thanks for the visit.. liking your blog



    Comment by Luke Prater — June 24, 2010 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  20. Sometimes it takes the broken hearts of poets to open the eyes of the world. Wonderful poem.

    Comment by sparrowsong — July 19, 2010 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! I agree with you. The world needs us. If you look throughout history you notice that it is the artists of the day that reflect what is going on in the world. We are it’s heartbeat as you said. Enjoyed your comments and thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by Michele Spector — July 20, 2010 @ 1:45 am | Reply


    three poetry awards,
    plus two general awards,
    thanks for the contribution!

    Comment by Jingle — July 25, 2010 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  22. Extremely powerful! Luv it… well is that the correct thing to say? No I hate it šŸ™‚

    Comment by Mitchell — July 30, 2010 @ 1:52 am | Reply


    The Celebrate blogger of honorable mention in short stories,

    plus 4 friendship awards for you.

    Trisha voted for you.
    have fun!

    Comment by Jingle — August 4, 2010 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  24. Powerful expression of your feelings on the Gulf Oil disaster. The brevity and word economy of the piece makes it all the more emphatic. I too wrote one on this:

    Liking yr blog mate


    Comment by Luke Prater — August 21, 2010 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  25. Every time a tribute like this is written you raise awareness and mend hearts with your words. This was wonderful!

    Comment by amanda — August 26, 2010 @ 5:04 am | Reply

  26. hey! how are you?

    Comment by trisha — September 1, 2010 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  27. Lovely and powerful.

    Comment by Mitchell — September 23, 2010 @ 12:02 am | Reply

    • Thanks. Sorry I haven’t got back to you. I am busy with school now!

      Comment by Michele Spector — October 3, 2010 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  28. very aware yet tragic.

    Comment by rotsyourmind — September 29, 2010 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  29. wow. Fantastic poem ms. Spector.

    Comment by Mitchell — October 27, 2010 @ 4:27 am | Reply


    welcome to attend Poets Rally, link in a poem, visit and comment, have fun!
    Thanks a ton for the attention.
    Let me know if you have questions.

    Comment by Jingle — November 5, 2010 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

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