Poem: Grouse Goneby

Where once a greater sage grouse grew

Now a gaggle grow

Why would a gander wander

With a group of goslings in tow

 

 

 

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About the poem:

This weekend in the mountains in Foxton, I saw something I’ve never seen in over 40 years of visiting. Geese in the field. We usually geese in the city parks, not in the mountains. Never before.

Climate change, my brother and I agreed.

I only remember seeing the sage grouse up and close once. It was a magnificent display.

In researching the Greater Sage Grouse, a footnote on the Sage Grouse Initiative website says:

Conservation: Numbers are declining largely due to habitat loss

Meanwhile the population of the Canada Goose population has nearly doubled since 2007

Like the rest of Colorado’s population. Canada Goose population is booming.

Colorado’s human population is expected to double by 2050, but we don’t have the water to support them. The human population in Colorado hasn’t increased as much as the geese’ since 2006 but it’s still pretty incredible.

It’s outrageous to me that we are dropping humongobombs on other countries and not dealing with basic issues right in front of us. These are complicated problems that we could solve if we worked on communication skills, science and community building.

Unfortunately, there seems to be little of that going around these days.

The showmanship like that of the sage grouse though, yeah, that’s alive and well.

 

 

 

 

 

Poem: Let It Snow NaPoWriMo #03

Bracing for a blizzard

But where did it go

Just a rainy drizzle

Lordy, let it snow

Blue sky and  sunshine again?

“Beautiful day?”

So you say.

Pillow over my head

I’m going back to bed

I have nowhere to go

I’m just waiting.

Lordy, let it snow

 

 

 

About the poem:

We didn’t get winter this year in Denver. Time and time again,r the forecasters called for a blizzard or at least a decent snow. But as it did yesterday morning, instead of snow, there was just a slight drizzle. And by 10 am the sky was blue and the sun was out.

My dad never cussed, but he did say “Lordy”. (Well, just once when he was under the car and something fell and bonked him on the head, he said “Damn!”. That was my dad.)

At the Climate Reality Project training, we heard from the Colorado Homeland Security director. He said that for the first time ever, Colorado had “red flag warnings” (fire danger due to high temperatures and dry conditions) in some parts of the state, while there were blizzard warnings in other parts. In fact, the fire season in Colorado has doubled from what it was in the 1970’s.

 

About the Poet:

Joan Gregerson is a Wellness Coach & Eco-Nut, and creator of the program Food Freedom Naturally. She is also a trained Climate Reality Leader (Denver, 2017.) She’s on a mission to get people to care for and protect the very planet that sustains us. We can’t be too busy for that.

 

 

Poem: Can’t Stand the Heat NaPoWriMo #02

Does it feel warm in here

Or is it just me

Phew, I’m overheating

My heart is overbeating

Open a window

Turn on a fan

I’ve got a bad case of fever

And I caught it from man

The other species are feeling it too

If he doesn’t change,

he won’t pull through

If he doesn’t change,

There’s nothing I can do.

 

He can’t stand the heat

This ain’t idle bitchin

He can’t stand the heat

Get out of the kitchen

 

If he doesn’t change

He may be gone.

If he dies off

I’ll live on.

 

 

About the poet:

Joan Gregerson is a Wellness Coach & Eco-Nut. Joan helps people remember that they are nature, and in so doing, they can overcome struggles with food and feel empowered to care for the earth as part of ourselves. Joan is creator of the program Food Freedom Naturally.

Joan completed the Climate Reality Project training with Al Gore in Denver in March 2017. Joan is available to speak to groups about climate change, focusing on three issues: must we change, can we change and will we change? Given the current political climate and lack of scientific expertise in the new administration, it’s more important than ever that we all get educated and voice our concerns to the government (who works for us!)

It’s important to share the photo of the planet earth as a whole floating in space. We can and do forget this important fact. Seeing the earth floating can remind us that we are living in a fragile bubble, that bears protecting.

 

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Poem: Superhero or Powermonger …a poem about Climate Action

In every epic supertale
In every episode
There’s that part
Where the very world itself
Is in danger

A poison
An explosion
A giant mirror
It’s always something

And who’s behind it?
The evil powermonger
The greedy one
Uses all the might
And trickery
Makes a plan
To profit from
The loss

Luckily, though,
The superheros come through
In the end
And save
The planet

This time
Every time
The superhero or the powermonger
Is us