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.