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A Memento Of The Old World

by Colleen Millsteed 20 days ago in nature poetry · updated 15 days ago
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Before all was destroyed by man

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I’m standing in my new apartment, looking out the window

For as far as the eye can see, there are man-made buildings,

One level houses, three storey hotels, fifty floor office towers

Is it really worth the cost, even with all that trim and gilding?


There is not one ounce of greenery in sight, not even one

No plants, no lawns, no shady trees, no nature to be seen,

Just building after building or roads and tarmac’s galore

Plants removed, destroyed, no hint of where they’d been.


I turn away from the view, overcome with sadness, despair

What have we done to our world, is this our kids inheritance,

No more nature to enjoy, parks for leisure or trees to climb

Or do we excuse it, citing it’s necessary for our experiments?


I cannot look out the window anymore, not without the pain

I go back to my unpacking, placing books upon the shelves,

When I come across two miniature models I do so treasure

The last of their kind, glorious, so precious in themselves.


I’ve held these models for decades, to be passed to my heir

A memento of the old world, before man totally destroyed it,

When such things as a rainforest hike, a day on the beach

Skiing down a snow encrusted mountain, all as we saw fit.


I look down at my two hands, at the preciousness nestled

On each of my palms, gazing in awe and wonder for both,

One hand holds a miniature model of our precious world

And the other holds the rarity of a miniature tree in growth.


My future children will not know the world as it once was

These models are the closest they’ll ever get, so truly sad,

Man has made sure the soil is no longer fertile or enriched

And their destruction has made me so frustratingly mad!


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Colleen Millsteed

I’ve written poetry most of my life, but never had the courage to publish my writing before. So here goes ........ I’m feeling the fear and doing it anyway (my motto in life).

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  • malik zahoor12 days ago

    Beautiful poem

  • Amystic13 days ago

    written beautifully

  • Overlapping waves of beauty and sadness.

  • Jyme Pride19 days ago

    I read this the other day but didn't look at the name of the writer. I was called away to some other activity but said to myself when I find time, I want to read it fully again. I'm so glad I did. What a joy it is!!!!

  • Gerald Holmes19 days ago

    This is spectacular. As David Thomas said below, I love how you showed us who we are thru the lens of your apartment window.

  • Congratulations on your Top Story! This is exactly what the future of Earth will be. Humans are the only species to lay to live on Earth as well as destroy it

  • Cathy holmes20 days ago

    This is fabulous, and sadly, so true

  • David Thomas20 days ago

    I love how authentic and detailed you were in talking about what you saw in your apartment.

  • Scott Wade20 days ago

    Excellent poem Colleen and congrats on the Top Story. 🥰

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