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Poetry Challenge - Week Twenty-One

Poetry Challenge 2019 - Week 21 words Poetry Challenge 2019 - Week 21 poemWeek 21 words from @earthwisecraft: sustainable, integrity, protection, biodiversity, ecosystems.


our treatment of the earth isn't sustainable

we've gotta stop treating her like a dump

where are our politicians with integrity?

don't they get it?

their job is protection of our rights, our home


I want biodiversity in my politics

yet all I get is hate and fear mongering

for the capitalist state

this protection of vested interests


give me politicians with integrity

the ones prepared to have morals, principles,

a different opinion from the heaving mob

and leave their petty posturing aside


give me biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem

a planet, this paradise

for my children to call home



Here are the words and my poem for the twenty-first week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge.

This week's poem follows on nicely from last week's and the week before that. They make a nice trinity of poems about the environment and the leadership we need to stop our headlong plunge into disaster. I've stepped out of my self-imposed constraints again this week and have repeated a word throughout the poem. I usually use them only once. It's giving me new enthusiasm for this challenge. It was becoming a little stale with the same pattern each week - five random words each week, used once in order.

If you want to join the 2019 Poetry Challenge, head on over to my Instagram account (@indraniperera) where I post the words for the week on Mondays (mostly) in my story. Write a poem and post it. Be sure to tag me and use the hashtags #2019poetrychallenge and #livepoetsclub. If you're not on Instagram, post your finished poem in the comments below so we can all read your masterpiece. 

If you don't want to write a poem, you can still be part of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Send me five random words and I'll write a poem with them. Either dm me on Instagram with the words or put them in the comments box below.

Happy writing!