"Coalbrookdale by Night" by Philip James de Loutherbourg,‘The Earth We’re Leaving Behind’ by Niloufar Behrooz The Society February 9, 2017 Beauty, Poetry, The Environment 2 Comments There used to be a limpid lake Home to the finest birds you’d find. We’d watch their glory till daybreak. But now those days are far behind. I used to hear the bullfrogs croak Before the pond was quarantined. We left the woods in haze and smoke And all the swallows stayed behind. The goldfish in the pristine stream, The sparkling stars that brightly shined Now seem like the glimpse of a dream. A world that we have left behind. We sang our ruinous rhapsody And wrecked the earth to serve mankind. I guess this is the tragedy That “noble” progress leaves behind. We knew the language of the deer When nature was still unconfined. But now they flee from us in fear. Is this what we’re leaving behind? For how much more are we waiting? Mother earth has wounds we must bind. The sickly sky’s suffocating. Let’s mend the earth we’ll leave behind. Niloufar Behrooz is a PhD student of English Literature at University of Isfahan, Iran. She is a poet, writer, musician, and language instructor. Her work has appeared in Literary Hatchet, Litro Magazine, Presence, Paper Wasp, Parody and elsewhere. You can find her on Instagram @niloufarbehrooz Related Post ‘When I Speak of History’ by Leonard Dabydeen When I speak of history I speak well; I leave behind the past where broken bones Lay scattered on blistering sands to tell Of atrocities that are m... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 2 Responses Kathy F. February 9, 2017 Very accurate though, fortunately, there are still areas of pristine wilderness left here, in Canada. Reply Lorna Davis February 9, 2017 “We sang our ruinous rhapsody and wrecked the Earth to serve mankind” – that is, sadly, a perfect description. Very beautifully written. This poem reminds me of the saying “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.