Poem: We Must Not Turn Away NaPoWriMo #19

When we don’t talk about species dying off,

It’s an elephant in the room

When we ignore air pollution,

It’s a haze of confusion

When we laugh and joke over a glass of wine

But never discuss the honeybees’ decline

It’s a line too fine

We need the wisdom of the owl

To stop fouling our nest

We need the ingenuity

Of Ananse

To unravel life’s mysteries

We need the kindness

Of the porpoise

To make peace in the world

We need the strength of rhinos

To avoid the fate of the dinos

When we hear the cries

We must not turn away




About the Poem:

I have a problem with new age positivity people who preach optimism, and I am often one of them.

But really people, we need to wake the fuck up, acknowledge the damage being done and come up with some massively different approaches. That’s going to take communication skills, science, compassion and urgent action. None of these are actually seen as polite in most conversations. And that’s a shame. We need to figure out how to talk about this stuff and get on with retooling our approach to the world.

An interesting, short article about apocalyptic anxiety


Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction





Poem: Supposes …invented yoga poses! Fanciful ideas from my Korean students

The seal, the seagull

The chick, the turtle

The monkey, the hamster

The keyhole, the vampire

The apple, the  screwdriver

The car, the middle finger

The bear, the ruler

The battleship cruiser

The umbrella, the scissors

The fox and praying mantis

The quarter note of music

The hydra and the mushroom

The hula hoop, the jellyfish

The zombie and the dolphin

The banana, the spider

The white tiger

The boomerang, the heart

The elephant, the hippo

Kung-fu and the butterfly

The dragon and the dragonfly

Levitation and the box

Finally, the question mark

With a hop to make the dot!

About the poem:

I taught yoga for the first time to my English classes in Samcheonpo, South Korea. At the end of class, I asked them to invent a new yoga pose. They instantly came up with dozens of new poses I’d never imagined! I appreciate ancient wisdom, but what the heck, wouldn’t this be a fun way to keep a yoga class from getting dull? So creative!

About the author:

Joan Gregerson believes life should be fun, but we just forgot how to do it. Kids are often wiser than we are, when it comes to simply enjoying the moment. Joan writes books and blogs about inner peace and enjoying life.