Art is My Religion

April 20, 2011

Earth’s Discontent

Filed under: art,blogging,poetry,short stories,writing — Michele Spector @ 5:48 pm

By Michele Spector

This, our precious planet,
Whose seasons I knew well,
Protects itself from us,
The mad human virus.

Outside the wind bellows,
And the rooftops quiver,
From weather now altered,
To voice a discontent,
The degree to which I,
Only begin to guess.

Who knows how human habitation and disregard for the many ecosystems of the world already affect the weather patterns as we know them today. I contemplated this as a storm system passed through the area where I live. I don’t remember winds so strong at that time of year. I observe many strange changes in the weather I can’t explain.

In light of all this, my poem is a memorial for the Gulf Oil Disaster. It’s a disaster that continues today because the same practices causing it are in place. Its affect on the people of Louisiana, its economy, and wildlife, are all but forgotten by the President who proclaims “significant progress” has happened. I don’t see that if you consider that according to a court clerk, 62,000 forms are now filed against BP by business owners, rigworkers, and family members of men killed in the Deepwater Horizon blast.

Even as dead marine animals and oil continues to wash up on shore, and residents suffer from serious health issues, a new permit for drilling was just issued. So much for a moratorium till a better procedure for cleanup is found. There is none to date and the blowout preventer just doesn’t work, period.

Underwater plumes of oil and the dispersant Corexit are worse beneath the surface. It hasn’t gone anywhere,  just settled on the gulf floor, and the toxins penetrated the food chain. The true number of dead marine mammals may never be accounted for. To BP it’s merely burying the evidence. Many believe the same fate awaits them as those who suffered in the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill, because the Government is unwilling to do what’s needed to prevent this from happening again.

Anyone wanting to learn more can go to The Center for Biological Diversity’s website for their April 2011 report:


  1. “The mad human virus.” I think you pulled this thought from my mind. Thank you for your memorial poem and for staying in tune with our world.

    Comment by K. McGee — April 20, 2011 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for your comments! I’m glad you liked it.

    Comment by Michele Spector — April 20, 2011 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  3. “the rooftops quiver”

    There’s a great phrase. They bear the brunt of it, along with the trembling panes. Following your thoughts, we have good defences in general and the discontent may not be able to breach them. Where we are weak is we are already doing a good job of harming ourselves, in the more complex systems. I think the issue here is that complexity. The problems you write about seem to me to be a question of us all being locked in to certain behaviours, from the highest level political and corporate decision-makers down.

    Anyway, thought-provoking poem and post. This is what blogging is all about.

    Comment by Porky — April 20, 2011 @ 11:14 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comments! I agree with you that we are locked into certain behaviors. It makes me think of when Rome fell. I know this analogy has been used a lot, but it fits. I only hope that forces the bottom up force it to change before we destroy the only home we have–the earth. Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 21, 2011 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  4. how profound. I read somewhere how if all insects were to disappear -our world and life in all its forms would come to an end in no time. And that if human species was to come to an ..all life would thrive in no time. If only we could realize our debt to the earth and take care of it.

    Comment by Neha — April 21, 2011 @ 1:19 am | Reply

    • You are absolutely correct about the insects. It was Einstein who said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

      It’s amazing that something so small a creature has such great significance. But then, it’s always these delicate lifeforms that are affected most. Everything is connected.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 21, 2011 @ 4:34 am | Reply

  5. Its a topic hard to serve well and you did so. I thought your words were honest and compelling. Very nice work ~ Rose

    Comment by C Rose — April 21, 2011 @ 1:31 am | Reply

    • It was difficult to write about this. My blood just boils when I think of so many lives destroyed, and can’t get the picture of those birds covered in oil. I shall never forget it. I felt compelled to say something. I appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 21, 2011 @ 4:37 am | Reply

  6. beautiful pondering…

    Thanks for sharing…

    Comment by Jingle — April 21, 2011 @ 1:33 am | Reply

  7. These are the words that need to be said, and need to be read. We have not looked after our special gift, we treat it like it owes us. Good on you for using your voice. We all need to speak up and make ourselves heard to those who can make the changes and stop quibbling over the dollars and cents it will take to fix the problems. We will pay one way or another. Anyway that’s my two bobs worth:) Great poem by the way!:)

    Comment by pandamoniumcat — April 21, 2011 @ 3:57 am | Reply

    • Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. I agree with you that we must all lend our voices. My fondest wish is that everyone together will raise their voices loud and clear for all to hear. It’s history that regular people do this and that’s when things change. If we so nothing we get what we deserve. Thanks for your thoughts.

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 21, 2011 @ 4:40 am | Reply

  8. i love this piece! earth is our dear mother and we should care for her!

    please read my entry too: A Walk Under City Lights

    and btw, about humans i think you’ll be interested in this piece i made: Armageddonism

    Comment by Julian Javier the Cyber Mushroom — April 21, 2011 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  9. So very true, the Earth is very mad at us; and I don’t think it ends there. Very well written! Thanks for sharing and Happy Rally!

    Comment by April Denton — April 21, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

  10. Hi Michele!

    I awarded you the stylish blog award on my blog!


    Comment by a.m. trumble — April 21, 2011 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  11. Ah yes!
    This is clearly the concern we all have… or should.
    Here is my piece:

    Comment by Kim Nelson — April 21, 2011 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  12. thank you for this…we all need to be concious of what we are doing to our world…a sad reality what our carelessness brings…

    Comment by brian — April 22, 2011 @ 3:46 am | Reply

  13. great thoughts.. my thursday post :

    Comment by fiveloaf — April 22, 2011 @ 6:49 am | Reply

  14. wow.

    I’ve thought this before …. “The mad human virus” …. only not so succinctly.

    you pegged it.

    there are some days i cringe to be referred to as “human” because of the horrid things us humans do to our world and each other.

    peace to you always.

    Comment by kre8iv1 — April 22, 2011 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your thoughts. If we let our governments speak always for ourselves and don’t protest what they do or don’t do, we are in for a world of hurt.

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 23, 2011 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  15. Your succinct message cannot be echoed enough. If all the money that’s been squandered on phony wars and business greed had been spent on cleaning up our act over the years, as it should, this disaster and those to come could have been avoided. What Nature has in store we must meet standing together.

    Comment by Jan Freeman — April 23, 2011 @ 10:18 am | Reply

    • Jan, I cannot agree with you more. We have to be honest about what we have been doing in the world, and face it together as a citizen of the world. We have to ignore the urgings of nationalism put forth from propaganda in the mainstream media news and use our common sense before everything is destroyed for future generations.

      Thanks so much for your comments!

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 23, 2011 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  16. great tribute put so well …thank you

    Comment by kez — April 23, 2011 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  17. what a profound piece… such deep message that should not be ignored. we only have one planet and it is worth saving. thanks for this beautiful reminder. 🙂

    Comment by PinkLady — April 23, 2011 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

    • Thank you. I hoped it would make people think about what they do to our planet. It’s the only way change happens! Thanks for your comments!

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 23, 2011 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  18. Perfect for Earth day as well. “Humna virus” seems to have resonated with most of us, an indicator of great writing!

    Comment by Lisa — April 23, 2011 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

    • I also thought this would be a good one for earth day. Thank you for your thoughts and for stopping by my site.

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 24, 2011 @ 12:41 am | Reply

  19. great poem.Love it.

    Comment by gomagoti — April 24, 2011 @ 5:13 am | Reply

  20. how are you?

    visit me to claim the perfect poet award in the post, blessings..

    Comment by Promising Poets' Poetry Cafe — April 25, 2011 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  21. great poem ! I did a painting of my interpretation of the oil spill disaster but your poem really put it into words and I admire your gift.

    Comment by isabellart — April 28, 2011 @ 12:32 am | Reply

    • I would love to see your painting. You should post it online! Thanks for your compliments. The spill just turned me inside out to see all those animals being hurt. Humans have also been effected by this also. We just can’t keep going on the way we have irresponsibly. Everyone should still be outraged about this. Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 28, 2011 @ 1:56 am | Reply

  22. Beautiful and sad. I wonder what our mother thinks of our disregard. Thanks for the share.

    Comment by honeyhaiku — April 28, 2011 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your comments! Yes, I wonder what our mother, the earth thinks of us. Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 28, 2011 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  23. This is so current. It even relates to more recent weather (earthquake in Haiti, tornadoes in AL, etc). We are a human virus plaguing out ecosystems. Thank you

    Comment by Keri — June 3, 2011 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

    • We can’t look around at what’s been happening and ignore our hand in it. Thanks for your comments.

      Comment by Michele Spector — June 3, 2011 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  24. The biological instinct is very powerful, and the fear of extinction will probably be the savior of mankind.

    Comment by Jan Freeman — April 12, 2012 @ 10:23 am | Reply

    • Yes, it is! I hope everyone realizes we don’t have long to save ourselves. Many still have their head in the sand on the global warming issue. Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by Michele Spector — April 12, 2012 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  25. have a nice day,

    do check out bluebell books twitter club, or jingle poetry @ olive garden for a read.
    keep posting.

    Comment by Chelsea Leming Joseph Bernice Halligan — June 3, 2017 @ 3:51 am | Reply

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