The challenge is to transform your poetic voice into that of the wildlife from the Tropical Rain Forest!
This challenge immediately brought to mind this image I saw earlier this week. This koala was in Australia but could just as easily have been The Amazon Tropical Rain Forest. I wrote mostly about my feelings and maybe didn't do the challenge the way it was meant to be. This is what I felt I personally had to write.
The Amazon ~ A gift to Earth
treasures of life yet to discover
though even as we search for new
we destroy what was
and what would have been
Ancient trees felled by bulldozers
killing some and forcing relocation
even animals remember their home
this koala had a home
likely a family
What have we done
and why don't we care?
Take for today without thought
Centuries of secrets and beauty and healing
traded for wood and condos?
Many koalas become confused when their homes
Rescue organizations will help him
after patching up cuts and scratches from
what used to be his safety and protection
I cry for the Amazon Tropical Rain Forest
I cry for the animals killed in its destruction
I cry for the confused ones left behind
I cry for humanity who allows this to happen
No magic wand can bring back centuries
Who knows if we have centuries to restore even if we could
The sadness of this koala
is the face of our inhumanity
and our many questions