~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 from Writer

I spend a lot of time worrying about life, caring too much, and contemplating the universe.
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“Somehow, after everything, she still bloomed I’m the way she was meant to” - Morgan Harper Nichols
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Favourite words: whisper, echo, wanderer, lost, forgotten, meadow, galaxy, stardust, wisp, sonder, nubivagant, solivagant.
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Favourite film: The Lost Thing - Shaun Tan

We Are Burning.

April 20, 2021

 performance: https://youtu.be/dEpqqniFf98


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?
 
You, dear leaders who 
lead under a senseless
sense of self-interest: 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 everything under control and 
they’re crazy anyway.
Well let me tell you now
that you’re allowing truth to decay
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 stop 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 our 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 by ambition
that will rebuild the path 
to our destiny. 
 
So I beg you to transform
the shameful legacy
you're etching into the bones
of a future that’s more than your own
with the rusted edges of your 
outdated mindset.
It is my future, 
my children's story,
a novel called humanity
and you’re writing with ink
made of unconscious greed,
countless chapters chocked by loss
of beauty and peace.
Yet, still, I refuse to lose 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, yes, it is bright and
it may hurt your eyes
but it is where hope lies
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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14 Comments
  • Khadeejah bint Malik

    Hi Wildflower! I hope you're doing well.
    I'd like to share with you (& all girls here) a virtual spoken poetry event that I'm involved in and I REALLY DO hope you do participate. I'm so in love with this piece, really. So it would actually be my kindest request for you to participate and recite this piece (or any other related).

    Please find more info: https://writetheworld.com/groups/1/shared/244290/version/522081
    Sending positive energy <3


    about 2 months ago
  • Molly_

    Re: I'm back, and thank you so, so much!!! I appreciate all of your really kind words and can't say I've ever been called one of someone's favourite writers before :)))
    Have a fantastic week <3


    4 months ago
  • Molly_

    Re: and just like that you are my new favourite person. Thank you SO much- that really made me smile. It made my day, actually! You're a legend <3

    Also??? This is fantastic! I read it, loved it, and then realised you had an actual performance, watched it, and loved it even more! You're really talented :)


    4 months ago
  • YW_H

    re: of course!!


    5 months ago
  • YW_H

    Re: Likewise!! Thanks so much! I cannot wait to read more of your amazing writing, and my new piece, 'ursula' should be out soon!


    5 months ago
  • YW_H

    Wow, this is so beautiful and thought-provoking. I love the fabulous repetition and the wonderful meaning of this poem, it gave me shivers! Keep writing :)


    5 months ago
  • Paisley Blue

    re: ooooh i love the new pfp today!! i get that, i change my email pfp pretty frequently. i guess i just keep my wtw generally the same because it's part of who i am on here sort of? idk.
    i'm glad you've been writing more! i feel like i'm sort of in a weird place where i don't write a whole lot but i have a ton of ideas...? i like being active on here again, though, even when i'm not posting.
    glad you liked the piece, thank you so much!! hope you're having a wonderful day! :)


    5 months ago
  • BizzleWrites

    Re: Stereotypes are so annoying, right? I think, as a homeschooler, I was shielded from them to some degree, but I went to school for the first time this year in year 9, and I literally heard someone say that TODAY. Like, if people think like that, it's no wonder they hire guys more for academic jobs! Also, thankyou!


    5 months ago
  • ~Zoe~

    re: Thank you for the suggestion :)


    5 months ago
  • Paisley Blue

    Re: I'm so glad you liked my piece! Did you change your pfp recently? I really like it :) I'm doing well, very busy though. How about you?


    5 months ago
  • amaryllis

    re: ahh thank you!

    Wow, thank you for writing this. Such an important message, and you performed it all beautifully. I, for the life of me, cannot understand how you moved your hands in motions that make sense while performing it. Brilliant job!


    5 months ago
  • journal.scribbles

    Wow this is incredible. The poem is so well-written, and your performance is so powerful! The ending gave me chills. Good luck in the comp!!
    re: thank you so much! Your kind comment made my day. I feel the same way about your poetry - your words are also stunning contributions to the world, and I always leave your page feeling so inspired. Thank YOU for spreading both positivity and important messages like the one in this piece! <3


    5 months ago
  • Mina_77

    This is AMAZING! Congratulations on such a beautiful piece. So powerful and impactful, and such an important message!


    5 months ago
  • rmssmr

    This is wonderful! Super impactful.


    5 months ago