A Million Years of Sleep - Free Verse Poem

Updated on November 23, 2018
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Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

Background

There hasn't been any significant change over the past few decades with regards to how we have been treating our planet, our Mother Earth. It is time to take note of the fact that she is tired, and may not be able to go on much longer.

Mother Earth
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The Poem

Wrapped in my bluish-green cloak

I have been walking

Walking

Walking

Walking

Walking towards the flames

At times with a stab of ice

The gold washes over my blue

The white smears across my green

I keep walking

Walking

Walking

Walking

Been eons since I slept

My own children, they hurt me

Blazing their horns, they ride my soul

With putrid smog, they blind my eyes

And I am walking

Walking

Walking

Walking

My first-borns, dear they were

Drifted off to eternal slumber

I draped their shrouds with

My bright, concrete silhouette

I am tired of walking

Walking

Walking

Walking

Lay me down, let me dream

On a bed of crimson cover

My tired eyes long to rest

And sleep for a million years

I would be no longer

Walking

Walking

Walking


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    © 2018 Rinita Sen

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      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        7 months ago

        Thanks for coming back, Mark. I hope so, too.

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        Mark Tulin 

        7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Beautiful personification of nature. While I know she’s awfully tired, I hope that we’d eventually get people in public office to give her a much needed rest. Well done.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        8 months ago

        Thank you, naive scribbler. Appreciate your visit.

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        naive scribbler 

        8 months ago from India

        Great Poem. Thought Provoking indeed.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        8 months ago

        Li-Jen, am always so happy to see you, my friend. Indeed, she is tired, and the burden is getting heavier. Thank you for echoing my thoughts.

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        Li-Jen Hew 

        8 months ago

        Hey Rinita. I enjoyed the Walk in the poem. :) The poem personifies Mother Earth and shows how we have destroyed her soul. The Walking in between the cruelty stanzas emphasizes the negative impact we make. It also shows that Mother Earth has been kind to us, how she carries us(her burden) on her shoulders haha..she's getting tired.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        8 months ago

        Thank you, Chitrangada. You are right, we all need to do our bit. Glad you visited today, and yes, we writers are in this world to spread awareness, through our words. Thanks so much again.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        8 months ago from New Delhi, India

        A very thought provoking poem, to which everyone must pay attention. It’s sad, but so true that the situation is becoming worse each day. Each one of us has a role to pay, to do whatever we can to save our Mother Earth. This is important for our future generations.

        Thanks for drawing attention and spreading awareness, for an important cause.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        8 months ago

        Thank you, Rajan. Yes, you are right. All of us, Her children, must play our roles to relieve Her from the fatigue. It is already late. Thank you again for reading.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        8 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

        Very moving poem. Our Mother Earth truly needs a break. Each one of us has a part to play in it. I hope we understand this and act before it is too late.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        8 months ago

        Thank you, Tim. I will check it out. Also thanks for willing to read more of my humble creations. You are too kind with your comment.

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        Tim Truzy 

        8 months ago from U.S.A.

        Hello, Rinita,

        Yes, my story is" "When We Leave Home for Another Place." It is on this site.

        However, I'm looking forward to diving into your creative works more in the coming days. You are always thoughtful in your comments and show respect to other creative people.

        Much respect and admiration,

        Tim

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        8 months ago

        Hi Tim, thank you for your visit and kind comment. Yes, sadly she strolls on. Would love to read your story. Is that on Hubpages?

        Thank you again.

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        Tim Truzy 

        8 months ago from U.S.A.

        Excellent poem. Indeed, Mother Earth is tired, but like a good parent, she still is there for her children. She will continue to stroll on until she can do no more for her children because they refused to act grown up.

        Beautiful work, reminding me of a short story I wrote about our Earth.

        Enjoyed it immensely.

        Much respect,

        Tim

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        9 months ago

        Thank you, Mark. She really is. Appreciate you stopping by today.

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        Mark Tulin 

        9 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Beautiful and compelling. The planet is tired, indeed.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        9 months ago

        Thank you, John, for taking the time to read even when you are away. That explains why you haven't been posting your work for quite some time now.

        Ironically, my country's government is not in denial, but whatever steps they are taking are by far "too little, too late". More importantly, it is the urban common man who is a disgrace to the name of Mother Earth's children. One-time-use plastics, unnecesarily using air conditioners, felling of trees to make living spaces, 2-3 cars per family, taking the car out even for a distance that can be covered by foot, the list of thoughtless behavior goes on and on. Sigh, we need to change, and the onus is sadly more on the coming generations.

        Happy to see you today, my friend.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        9 months ago

        Thank you, Doris, for your heartfelt comment. Yes, I too believe in the power of meditation and prayers, and the hope that all will ultimately be well. It wasn't too difficult to find a picture that goes well with my poem, as this is a subject that artists have been dwelling on for several years, artists, who have always been way ahead of times. Thanks again for your kindly visit.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        9 months ago

        Thank you, Manatita, for appreciating my work, and also for thinking about me. Hope we writers can bring some solace to the desolate Mother.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Rinita, I am away from home at the moment so I am a little slow to catch up with my reading. I have been concerned for the state of poor Mother Earth for many years but people still are not doing enough.

        Your wonderful poem captures her sadness and feeling of despair.

        My own present Government are climate change deniers but public opinion is changing and pressuring them to do more. So, like Ann, I am hopeful enough can be done to change the course of Mother Earth before it is too late.

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        Doris James MizBejabbers 

        9 months ago from Beautiful South

        Rinita, this is such a beautiful plea to humanity. A sad poem. Our mother earth is suffering, but I believe there is hope. There are thousands, maybe millions of advanced souls meditating to bring her peace and healing. I'm one of them who believes that light will win the war between darkness and light. As my metaphysical mentor used to say after a hurricane or earthquake, "Gaia has a bellyache." Yes, we need to keep working to cure her pain. I believe we will. Thank you, Dear Soul, your photograph of her is beautiful.

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        manatita44 

        9 months ago from london

        A touching piece! Mother Earth is weeping, yes. She remains humble, loving, sacrificial in the midst of daily warfare.

        An exquisite piece of poetry.

        P.S. Thought of you today. Stay well.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        9 months ago

        Verlie, my friend, thank you for echoing my thoughts. A slow funeral indeed, that's where She's headed, and no, we aren't doing enough to stop it. You analyzed the poem well, as always. Take care, dear lady.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        9 months ago

        You are right about the planes, Ann. They are major contributors to Her sorrow. The mindset needs to change, hopefully some day.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        9 months ago from Canada

        Rinita I love the dirge like quality you've so carefully created here. It reads like a slow plodding funeral march with the repeating chorus of "walking, walking, walking". Your Mother Earth is exhausted, that is clear. I feel this too every time (every day) that I read about another creature/species on our planet nearing extinction. Beautifully illustrated.

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        Ann Carr 

        9 months ago from SW England

        Sadly, we are also too dependent on planes. No one will ever give up those, especially governments and I guess business survives because of them too. What to do? A difficult one, but yes you're right, if we start with ourselves then there is some hope.

        Ann

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        9 months ago

        Thank you, Ann. Appreciate your thoughtful comment. Yes, you and I might not be around when it happens, but it will be a sad day for the universe when our planet says the final goodbye. I think it is as much the government's responsibility as of the common man. So many artists have expressed similar views in so many ways, but the layman reads, nods, and moves on. Unless every individual starts with small changes at home, survival of the planet is a lost cause.

        Thank you again for reading.

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        Ann Carr 

        9 months ago from SW England

        This is such a moving verse; I love it. You have made a good plea for our planet. I heard on the news yesterday a warning that we are nearing the time when it will be too late to help our ailing planet - what a terrible thought!

        It's time governments really woke up to this and forgot their squabbling and got together for a solution. Never mind politics, we won't have anywhere to govern soon!

        Well done, Rinita!

        Ann

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