For the next half of National Poetry Month 2017,
Malvina will Sing It, and I'll write a poem in response.
Another unifying topic in Malvina Reynolds' songs is the environment. The next few days will feature songs written in the 1960's and 1970's, but which are fresh and topical today.
The World is Asking Not to Die
The world is asking not to die,
yet humans look away,
overpopulating the planet,
changing the climate past the point of repair,
destroying biodiversity in a mass extinction,
killing oxygen-producing phytoplankton with nitrogen runoff,
polluting fresh water sources,
acidifying the ocean,
contaminating air, water, and soil with plastics and chemical compounds,
depleting the ozone layer,
clearing forests at an alarming rate.
How can humans look away
from a world that is asking not to die?
©Mary Lee Hahn, 2017