Sitting on the sidelines

Today’s a public holiday in Malaysia, so I managed to find some time to write a poem on sustainable consumption to promote environmental awareness. 🙂  Being environmentally friendly is not rocket science – everybody can do it. But we’ll leave the hybrid cars, solar energy and wind power generation to the pros. 🙂

Ma'Daerah Beach, Terengganu

Ma’Daerah Beach, Terengganu during sunrise. It is a turtle sanctuary and the beach is closed to the public to prevent people from disturbing nesting turtles.

Sitting on the sidelines

As the globe spins, and time flies by
The world is a-changing
Most think they are just passers-by

But life as we know it is shifting
So what shall we do?
Sit on the sidelines, never engaging?

The climate is changing, oh woe
The sea level’s a-rising
You see it on the evening news, too

Precious life, away it is slipping
What can be done?
And the world population is exploding

Nothing is constant; will it all be gone?
Will we disappear under the seas
Forever lost; only shadows and bones?

Nothing is forever, even the trees
But that doesn’t mean we should do naught
Right the wrongs; there’s no place to flee

The error of our ways; were they taught?
Live sustainably; reduce our footprint
Let’s share our ideas and thoughts

If not, all will be in vain; take a hint
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Ignite your creativity like flint

Choose to carpool and cycle
Switch off the lights when you leave the room
Let not your habits be your manacles

Tis not a herald of gloom and doom
But plan what you want to buy
Meat, greens, fruits, mushrooms

Reduce food waste; easy as pie
Practise and it’ll become a habit
And if you don’t really need it, don’t buy

One’s only a drop in the ocean; a tiny bit
But if all were committed; that would be the seed

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
5 October 2014

Corals

Corals

Poetic style

This poem was written in the style of a terza rima – an Italian form of poetry first used by Dante Alighieri.

A terza rima consists of stanzas of three lines (or tercets). It follows an interlocking rhyming scheme, or chain rhyme – the middle of each stanza rhymes with the first and last line of the following stanza. However, there is no set length to this form, as long as it follows the pattern as follows:

ABA
BCB
CDC
DED

The last stanza will be a couplet rhyming with the middle line of the previous stanza. In this case, EE.

So here is my poem again with the rhyming scheme shown:

Sitting on the sidelines

(A) As the globe spins, and time flies by
(B) The world is a-changing
(A) Most think they are just passers-by

(B) But life as we know it is shifting
(C) So what shall we do?
(B) Sit on the sidelines, never engaging?

(C) The climate is changing, oh woe
(D) The sea level’s a-rising
(C) You see it on the evening news, too

(D) Precious life, away it is slipping
(E) What can be done?
(D) And the world population is exploding

(E) Nothing is constant; will it all be gone?
(F) Will we disappear under the seas
(E) Forever lost; only shadows and bones?

(F) Nothing is forever, even the trees
(G) But that doesn’t mean we should do naught
(F) Right the wrongs; there’s no place to flee

(G) The error of our ways; were they taught?
(H) Live sustainably; reduce our footprint
(G) Let’s share our ideas and thoughts

(H) If not, all will be in vain; take a hint
(I) Reduce, reuse, recycle
(H) Ignite your creativity like flint

(I) Choose to carpool and cycle
(J) Switch off the lights when you leave the room
(I) Let not your habits be your manacles

(J) Tis not a herald of gloom and doom
(K) But plan what you want to buy
(J) Meat, greens, fruits, mushrooms

(K) Reduce food waste; easy as pie
(L) Practise and it’ll become a habit
(K) And if you don’t really need it, don’t buy

(L) One’s only a drop in the ocean; a tiny bit
(L) But if all were committed; that would be the seed

To find out more about the terza rima poetic style, visit the Young Writers’ Website.

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About khorhmin

Just a curious girl, Feeling my way, Through life in a twirl, Enjoying each and every day. Moving fast, in a swirl Each and every day Publishing is my world Writing, editing, yay!
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2 Responses to Sitting on the sidelines

  1. Liz says:

    Lovely poem and sensible suggestions. Have a great week!

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