Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

The Way to Agra; or Nature's Pain Everywhere

Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

The Way to Agra; or Nature's Pain Everywhere

Article excerpt

Land screaming in pain

What did you do to me

I'm trying in vain

To wear my colours

In greens, browns, reds and yellows

But you load me with grey

I do my best, my very best

Lest you forget

I am the planet, trying to remain

Air sagging under sorrow and weight

What did you do to me

I'm trying in vain

To keep my breath fresh

With sensual scents

But you destroy me with poison

I do my best, trying

To blow pollutants away

Trying to remind you

You need me, the planet

Water grumbling in frustration

What did you do

That I bubble black foam

That I stink from stale ponds

I used to sing songs

When turning around in my cozy beds

Now I kill fish, fowl, beasts and people

And all my efforts to keep alive

To cleanse myself of your mistreatment bear no results

Wake up - 1 am your only planet

Sound roaring in self-disgust

I hate myself this loud

I'm soft and pleasant in nature

Like music, solo instrument in solitude

Well-tuned orchestra in your towns and cities

What did you do to me

That now my voice is so shrill

It pierces my own membranes

Is there no relief from this torture

Don't forget I'm the only planet you've got

WoMan shouting in protest

What did you do to us poor

You rich, self-centred moguls

Don't you see if you kill nature

You kill us

You kill yourselves

Your destructive

Greed

Will lead

To the worst

We try our utmost best

To revive your compassion

To live in peace with nature

We plea for reconciliation

But it's not just us, here, now

That lives will disappear

If you continue to hurt land, air, water and sound

Turn around

Turn around

[Author Affiliation]

PIA THIELMANN is a visiting associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (English) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, and co-editor of the Bayreuth African Studies Series. …

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