Dverse poets are focusing on different poetic forms for each month. I promised myself I would try to do this. So I am posting at the last minute, well almost. I began this poem at the beginning of February when there was extreme cold in many parts and I am finally getting ready to post it as the UK finishes February with the hottest winter days on record.
Here is my attempt at the Rubaiyat poetry form which Robert Frost used in his Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. As ever with my nature hat on I wondered what Robert Frost might make of our relentless onslaught on the natural world. I was introduced to Frost’s poems when young and I was inspired by his observations of nature. I trust that Frost would understand the spirit behind this and that others do not mind my take on his beautiful poem.
Promises to Keep
The woods are full of light and not so deep,
So much land grazed by cattle and sheep.
Forests chopped and chewed away,
Where are the promises we forgot to keep?
The freezing air creates more fear.
The snow that falls ice flakes a tear.
Cold blasts kill birds that cannot get away,
Silent Springs of songs no longer here.
Driven winds with whirls of weeping ire.
Forests now fill up with furious fire.
Our legacy to this wondrous Earth,
Wilfully warped on a wall of wire.
We long for weather that brings us peace.
We long for never ending drought to cease.
When will we learn to live with thoughtful care,
The promise made had far too short a lease.
Posted for Dversepoets.com Poetic forms February. https://dversepoets.com/