"The Destruction of Jerusalem" by David Roberts‘Why Add to the Suffering?’ by Daniel Magdalen The Society January 4, 2018 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry, The Environment 4 Comments Nature’s pillars, which have borne Earth’s breath for ages, Are now crumbling into dust… Still, more keep falling, Shattered by our storm of wants, as outer changes Echo those inside us, stirred by ‘progress’ calling. Man-made streams of poison look like serpents crawling Towards the oceans’ hidden realms of life. What ‘illness’ Could spread more death’s numbing chill to all we’re trawling? Yet, our unconcern reflects the same cold stillness… Dread befalls the lands where tyrants burst in shrillness, Launching threats to set ablaze the free world’s beacons – Bombs send shockwaves through the earth and deep within us. Man’s long bond with nature, nay, with Hist’ry weakens… Every ounce of life may hide a sea of suff’ring – Why add more? Can’t we, for Earth, make ruth our off’ring? Daniel Magdalen is a graduate student in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, in Romania. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 4 Responses James Sale January 9, 2018 That last rhyme is truly strained! But I like this poem and the idea that what is happening to the world externally is no more than a revelation of what is happening within us all: our thoughts are generating a reality which just so happens to be a nightmare. Well done – a fascinating poem. Reply Daniel Magdalen January 10, 2018 Thank you for pointing out both good and bad aspects of the text. I admit that the last rhyme is rather strained. However, I couldn’t come up with a better one at the time, so there it is. As for the idea, I think there is, indeed, a sort of continuous influence between our inner attitudes and goals and the outer world. Reply David Hollywood January 11, 2018 We are headed towards environmental catastrophe, and poems such as your own add to the testimony when future generations look to us and damn us when they ask ‘knowing all that you did, what had they done to inherently deserve such stupidity by our current age’? Poems of conscience, like this need to be encouraged. Well done and thank you. Reply Daniel Magdalen January 21, 2018 Thank you very much. Indeed, I wanted to somehow contribute in a creative manner to the process of raising awareness about this problem which, directly or indirectly, affects us all. 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.