We have a large pond in the corner of our nearby St Andrew’s Park. As you enter the pond gate, there is a Pond Poets tree trunk where poems are left for public pleasure.
This month the theme is climate catastrophe, and the poems are written by children:
Planet earth is getting hotter,
It can’t be saved by Harry Potter.
Expelliarmus just won’t do,
It can only be saved by me and you.
If we don’t treat the world with care,
Consider the poor polar bear.
The ice will melt for shelter he will look,
Soon he’ll be a picture in a history book.
If we forget to turn the lights out,
The result could be Typhoons, floods and drought.
That extra flight we didn’t need to take,
Could actually put our world at stake.
So switch it off and walk to school,
Do it now don’t be a fool.
Turn the heat down, recycle that pot,
The small things we do will help a lot.
Ishbel (age 9)
Our Beautiful Earth
Our beautiful earth
Has been ruined by the people
Who know better but don’t bother.
Our beautiful nature is crying and the trees are dying.
You don’t understand, our land is sinking,
Just because you’re not thinking.
Our beautiful world will never be the same,
If I was you I would hang my head in shame.
Arsany (age 11)
The Last Polar Bear
I walk across the melting Ice – Alone
My kind I haven’t seen for months – Dead
They were once mighty
Strong in number
And now there’s only me
We ate fish
We taught our young the lessons of life
Predators were no longer a challenge…
Until we met man
They destroyed our homes with fumes of poison
Killed our women and children
And they kidnapped the survivors
Put them in camps where men stared at us
GAPING GAPING GAPING LAUGHING LAUGHING LAUGHING
That was the end of our civilisation
And now I am in a land
Derelict and melting
Not my home
I am old and lonely
They won’t understand me like they understand one another
But I have learned a lesson
A valuable question I ask to you now
Which one is the stupid animal, us or YOU?
Ben (age 13)
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