~wildflower~

Australia

15
she/her
Loves music, nature, poetry, emotive writing, thinking
Passionate about the environment
pianist, tall
•stranded amongst the stars any trying to work out the meaning of it all•
Joined April 2020

On a perpetual semi-hiatus

Message to Readers

Hey! If you watch the video, please excuse all my random hand movement (I had no idea I was doing that...), the weird lighting and camera angle, and my half-hearted attempt to put my hair behind my ear. Please also keep in mind that I had very limited time to record that video and I’m aware it’s not top quality!
Okay, I’ll stop making excuses now :)
Thanks for visiting my page!

Just to give some background info: I wrote this in response to my frustration at the leaders of my country for their inaction on climate change.

We Are Burning.

April 6, 2021

performance: https://youtu.be/CLUcmGAsqIA


Do you hear the cries of the trees?
I don’t know how sound-waves behave 
when they travel through air that’s
saturated by smoke. 
Do you choke 
on the horror of the figures
that flash across your TV screen?
Or do you crush them with the fangs
of your powerful denial into 
bite-sized insignificance
for your personal convenience?
 
Do you feel your peoples’ hearts ache?
Or have you had to climb so high 
to reach the throne where you reside 
that you shed your purpose, 
severed the line 
to those you serve and
the dreams you’d nurtured,
the trip to power 
demanding the loss 
of this vital weight?
 
If empathy flows through our veins
like the rivers our ancestors drank
that kept their hearts and ours beating
then this land - it is weeping 
and its tears in our blood are a stain.
A stain which spreads every time 
you turn from the pain
And ignore your people’s voices 
even as their lungs strain,
day… after day… after day.
But hey, it’s okay!
You’ve got it under control and 
they’re crazy anyway.
Well let me tell you
you do not,
and they’re not,
and you’re allowing truth to rot
and already you’ve spread so far
this false comfort;
this hidden plague.
But never will you lose 
the freedom to choose
to change.
 
To choose to open your heart, 
to leave behind your past, to start
to weave your own story 
into the history 
of this problem.
Yes - you can choose to reconnect to reality,
and this land you serve, to rally
against a future that is not yet set
but approaches: a fate
that has not only been envisioned, 
but seen
for its seeds are sprouting 
in the cracks of our division -
you can squash them 
just by deciding to listen.
Will you listen?
 
Will you choose to hear 
the silent screams of unborn people like
the shrieks of the birds 
that fall from the sky like
the heat that rains upon us,
an increasing supply like
melting ice crashing into the sea like
the waves that crash into the shores, breaking 
harder than ever before - can’t you see? 
There’re a million similes 
I could list to describe 
how the world’s crumbling before 
the averted gaze of your 
sighted eyes; 
just watch a documentary
or take a walk outside.
 
Or perhaps you have, 
and then I cannot blame you 
for struggling to believe.
It is hard to tame mistrust 
at the hands of truths 
you do not want to know,
especially when your own 
deceptions’ echoes
are crescendoing to a cacophony 
behind your carefree smile. I know.
I, too, find it hard to admit 
to the imperfections 
of my humanity. But
progress lies beyond 
the threshold of self-righteousness, 
and you must take the step 
into a space of humility.
For once, this may have been your choice
But now it’s your responsibility, 
Because humility is key to honesty
and when honesty meets empathy 
born are the stones 
bound together by ambition
that will rebuild the path 
to our destiny. 
 
So I beg you to transform
the shameful legacy, 
You have etched into the bones
Of a future that’s not your own.
With the rusted edges of your 
outdated mindset.
It is my future, 
my story,
and you are writing it for me.
Yet silenced I will not be
for you can steal my words
but could never take my dream.
Because I believe in you. 
I believe in your ability to
do what is right
if only you would step into the light
and it may be too bright and
it may hurt your eyes
but it’s the only hope left
as we approach
the final precipice.
 
Because underneath
this world you’re arranging, 
destruction is raging and
each day you’re exchanging 
our comfort 
for our children’s pain.
Because the world - 
it is changing. 
And one day,
you will have to change too.
 
I am waiting. 
We are waiting.
And this room in which you are making us wait -
It is burning.
 
 

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21 Comments
  • iamgroot

    This is a really good and touching piece.
    re: Thanks for your prayers


    5 months ago
  • nolongeractive

    Re: Thanks so much!!! And yes, I do! It is called, 'METAPHORICAL MADNESS' and it should be out soon!!


    6 months ago
  • Nyla

    I love this- the message and the ending wow, I loved how you said "And this room in which you are making us wait -/It is burning." I feel like that was an amazing call to action. I also loved your performance and all the hand gestures you had! I could really hear the emotion in your voice. You used really amazing figurative language throughout. "silent screams of unborn people" was another thing I really liked because again, it's really the truth. Like are you not going to listen to the people who will inherit the Earth?
    RE: Aw of course! Also, if you wouldn't mind, (since I've just read this piece and have seen your amazing use of figurative language) would you be able to check out my symbol piece "The Teapot" and let me know if you pick up on some of the symbolism? cause it's something pretty new to me and you seem to grasp it really well. No worries if you can't! :)))


    6 months ago
  • nolongeractive

    Hey, my new piece is out now!


    6 months ago
  • nolongeractive

    Re: OMG THANK U SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ AND COMMENT! Your comment made my day, you are so kind!!


    6 months ago
  • Blue Jay

    I love the message of this! This is all so true, and the poem is really good. I also love your poetry performance, you really performed the poem well, I felt your words. I was stunned and I can't find any words to describe how powerful it was. It was very clear how passionate you are about this, and how urgent this is too. This message is very important, and you really showed it with your performance and the words you chose, amazing job!


    6 months ago
  • nolongeractive

    This is beautiful! Good job! I really love all of the power and signifigance in this piece!! It is breathtaking! You have so much talent and I cannot wait to see what you share next!


    6 months ago
  • BriRiley

    It doesn’t matter to me either way :)


    6 months ago
  • BriRiley

    Re: Thanks! Would you like me to review this again XD or something else? :D


    6 months ago
  • TheSpacePoet

    What an amazing poem! And your performance was excellent too. Such a powerful message that everyone needs to hear. Good luck! :)


    6 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Re: You're welcome! Ah yes it's easy to forget about our own accents. Especially since I'm a Californian American and most media features people with my accent or a similar one.


    6 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Also I love how all us Americans are geeking out over your gorgeous accent


    6 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Wow... I got chills watching this. Your passion is evident in your words and your voice. Everything about this piece, from your strong language to your subtle rhymes to your performance is extremely effective. I actually enjoyed most of your hand motions, although you probably are already over-critiquing them and don't need me to tell you that a few of them looked a tiny bit mechanical. Anyway, this is probably exactly the kind of piece the judges are looking for, and you have a great voice for spoken word poetry.


    6 months ago
  • useless :)

    wow. this is amazing!
    i absolutely love the message and it was even more powerful when spoken out loud. the performance was so emotional and i could feel how passionate you are about climate change, which is a terrible problem and i'm so glad you brought it to light in your piece.
    the ending hit so hard too, it's just incredible and ties in the idea of initiating change ourselves perfectly.
    oh and i second paisley, your accent is so cooollll :D


    6 months ago
  • Paisley Blue

    Wow wow wow this is so good!! Climate change... this message hit so hard. Thank you <3

    (Alsoooo I love your accent so much!!!! :D yayyy)


    6 months ago
  • HeyThereRose

    This is amazing and your performance was incredible!!


    6 months ago
  • mirkat

    ah, so emotional okay climate change and our denial it sucks and i hate it and that solves nothing but just wanted to add that. <3


    6 months ago
  • mirkat

    also so hard to choose but my favorite parts:
    "Do you choke
    on the horror of the figures
    that flash across your TV screen?
    Or do you crush them with the fangs
    of your powerful denial into
    bite-sized insignificance
    for your personal convenience?"

    "Because humility is key to honesty
    and when honesty meets empathy
    born are the stones
    bound together by ambition"

    "if only you would step into the light
    and it may be too bright and
    it may hurt your eyes
    but it’s the only hope left"

    "We are waiting.
    And this room in which you are making us wait -
    It is burning."


    6 months ago
  • mirkat

    wow, your performance is so emotional and intense and yeah... incredible. you've got the rhythm down and i love this so much. hmmm for titles? how bout "ablaze" or something like that where it's one word that draws all the attention towards it. okay wow i've watched the video twice already. also side note australian accents are so cool. americans... do we have accents? <3<3<3


    6 months ago
  • psithurism

    Holy cow this is incredible.


    6 months ago
  • ~wildflower~

    Oh, also I forgot to say - I needed to publish this for expert review and didn’t have a title, so I very quickly made up this one. If you have any better ideas, I’d love to hear them!! Thanks!


    6 months ago