My year 9 English class were tasked with writing a poem for homework highlighting environmental issues.  I was amazed at the overall quality of writing that was produced – we have some talented pupils at SCHS.  However, Sarah Hardman’s poem particularly impressed me.  It is amazing!  So much so, it really deserves to be read by a wider audience.   Please take time to read it and enjoy.

Mrs Nicholson (English)


A Fallen Empire

I was your kingdom, your empire.

You prospered within the walls

of my grand mountains;

deep in the castles

you called caves,

you built your colonies

and carved your stories into stone.

You discovered fire

and struck an everlasting flame

such that the Earth you walked

would never again be the same.


I was your angel, your protector.

My oaks were your guardians,

my cedars your knights;

my orchids bloomed and fed you

and my rivers flowed and quenched you.

I blessed you with fauna and flora

whose magnificence surpassed imagination.

My calming oceans that stretched

and touched the horizons

offered you the motivation of curiosity

to discover New Worlds.

You uncovered the elements,

pondered upon the atom,

as you remained enamoured

by the beauty of my mystery.


But your greed overtook your gratitude.

You stopped praying before each meal

and  instead devoured junk like crows,

soon demanding the next course.


You burned my groves and forests to their grounds

then clogged their graves with waste.

You shot my children from their trees

whilst they sung their lullabies

purely to entertain.

Pouring your poisons into my streams

you merely gazed

as my pure waters turned to filthy murk.


My seas that once inspired

became your dumping ground.

Nature’s song became to you

A  foreign, distant sound.


Here I lie defeated

my flesh bleeding and burned

the ruins of a prosperous land.

I offered a throne

that  for you could not suffice

now empty and bloody are your hands.


Sarah Hardman