Letter from Earth

Humans, you are the most awesome creation of the higher powers
You are made of both instinct and intelligence
You can store up memory like computers
You can plan for further events
You can think critically
You can create
You can anticipate
You can build up from scratch
You are multi-skilled
You are made of reasoning powers
You are,
The Gods of Earth,
My Gods, meant to allow me to thrive
Into a garden even more wondrous than Heaven
With flowers swaying gently to the songs of winds
And butterflies dancing to the beats of their own existence
So much that from up there,
The Gods would turn green, at just one glance
At what you have made of me!

Yet, humans, you have turned out to be that which I never thought you would
You do try your best to protect me,
You do provide laws, legislations, policies, rules and regulations
For the safeguarding of my essence
But you are the ones to destroy me
You mercilessly kill my century old trees,
You are ones to fill my rivers with chemical filth
You are ones to suffocate my seas with rubbish
You are the ones to fill my soils with concrete
You are the ones to erect buildings there where shrubs are
You, yes you are the ones who are slowly and steadily killing me!

Humans, I am afraid I do not have much strength left
I do try to keep my calm as much as I can
But do not be surprised if I explode
And wash you off my scenery as
Mud is washed off your bodies during your daily baths
Do not be surprised if my fairies and forest nymphs
Bring up those flames which flow in my womb
Out of anger and resentment at your misuse of your status on me!
Humans, I do wonder if I shall be able to carry your children
Or if, instead, I shall be hell for them!

It is never too late to go back upon your steps,
To sit and think about your purpose here in my realm,
Why humans, when Fate rules you,
When you shall never be able to direct your own life,
When your status as Earth’s God is merely temporary,
Pray, be not made of folly,
Live, yes, live, but live in such a way as to allow sustainability!

Anoucheka Gangabissoon is a Primary School Educator in Mauritius. She writes poetry and short stories as hobby. She considers writing to be the meaning of her life as she has always been influenced by all the great writers and wishes to be, like them, immortalized in her words. Her works can be read on poetrysoup.com and she had also appeared in various literary magazines like SETU, Different Truths, Dissident Voice, In Between Hangovers Press, WISH Press, Tuck’s Magazine, Blue Mountain Review, among others. She has also been published in Duane’s Poetree and also in two anthologies for the Immagine and Poesia group. Her poems are often placed in free online contests Read other articles by Anoucheka.