Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "To Hear the Falling of the Trees"

This poem came out of the April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by morrigans_eve who wondered about environmentalists in a steampunk setting.  I liked the punk aspect of looking at the gritty underside of all that shining progress, which in this case, means the damage done by acquiring and using the fuels that enables the steam revolution.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette.

To Hear the Falling of the Trees
-- a villanelle


The winter comes, but does not freeze.
It does not take an engineer
To hear the falling of the trees.

The steam is hot; the engines wheeze
And bring the future huffing here.
The winter comes, but does not freeze.

The future swings a long trapeze;
We worry for the forests dear,
Who hear the falling of the trees.

The coal is black, and burns with ease.
The miners cough, but who will hear?
The winter comes, but does not freeze.

The gaslights shine, the bellows squeeze;
No engineer will pause for fear,
Nor hear the falling of the trees.

We try to tell them, beg them, please --
They turn away with deafened ear.
The winter comes, but does not freeze.
We hear the falling of the trees.

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