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Round Up

A poem about pesticides and powerlessness.

By Silver Serpent BooksPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024
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Round Up
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Sometimes I wonder what evidence it will take.

Sometimes, between dodging rounds of flying bullets,

Or fleeing the toxic spew of chemicals, or even crawling

Out of the forest fire burning my future,

I wonder what evidence it will take

To change those lead-poisoned minds of the spiritless folks

Gone white with the privilege of age.

.

I wonder how many tongues will have to swell and stick

From the pesticides and unspoken words of loathing

Before the banging fists of science sway hands calloused

From choking out life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

How many decades will pass before the slaughter turns itself around,

And declares war on the steady hands

Reloading the smoking gun?

.

Too many.

It is a toxic pastime to fill the bottle, hook it to the hose,

And grin as the pretty little things scream.

It is a hobby to mutilate, to destroy, to behead flowers.

I will not step up to the plate and take your sword.

I will not apologize, kneel under the guillotine,

And stare into the bucket, let my words quiet to soothe them.

.

Please brake for snakes, watch for deer, and let the turtles cross

But remember to dump your poisons into the water

And slaughter the little yellow signs of life in your ward.

Keep an eye out for the rebounding hawks and eagles

So that you can shoot them down again in the morning,

Feed on their carcasses and let their sick offspring be the problem

Of a generation deemed weak for caring.

.

The world was your oyster and now it is a dried-up,

Parched desert full of your carefully placed landmines.

I am weak for walking through the explosions

To set free the flying things you deemed worthless.

But my spine is no less rigid for it.

Someday, I swear, you will come to me and try to compress it

And find that it does not yield to you.

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About the Creator

Silver Serpent Books

Writer. Interested in all the rocks people have forgotten to turn over. There are whole worlds under there, you know. Dark ones too, even better.

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  • Christy Munson15 days ago

    "Too many." Indeed. Congratulations on Top Story.

  • Heather Hubler28 days ago

    This entire piece was so incredibly meaningful yet saddening, and then those last three lines dropped. Incredible, stand-out writing! Loved that you shared these words. Congrats on TS :)

  • Anna 29 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

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  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    Very edgy and expressive...Loved it, and Congrats! I absolutely loved this line: -I wonder how many tongues will have to swell and stick From the pesticides and unspoken words of loathing Before the banging fists of science sway hands calloused From choking out life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. - 😮 I also wonder that, now that you've written it. Great work!

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    I forgot to congratulate you on TS!

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    You are kin to me! Ban Monsanto and their poisons. Protect wildlife, plants, forests, keep the GMO away! Wonderful expression of all of this in your fabulous poem!!

  • D. J. Reddallabout a month ago

    Powerful poetry!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Yes, yes, a million times Yes! Congrats on the TS. 👏👏

  • Giridhar Prabodhi about a month ago

    Congrats! Very good thoughts.

  • D. D. Leeabout a month ago

    Congrats on Top Story!

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    Very well said. Wow. Congratulations on your top story

  • D.K. Shepardabout a month ago

    Very thought provoking and convicting. Another example of your excellent wordsmithing!

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