Her Undressed (English sonnet)

by Ben Pickard   Oct 7, 2019


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As naked sprites, we danced around the glades
And beauty grew abundantly about,
But woefully, the sun gave way to shade
And now we bathe in rivers marred by drought.
The clothes that we adorned have burnt our skins -
The homes we built are overgrown with weeds;
They strangle us, demanding debt for sin,
And choke us on our ever hopeless needs.
I understand at last our grave mistake:
Our misbegotten plan was built from greed.
How could we shun the hills and moors and lakes
And hope to sow the concrete walks with seeds?
We've seen Her naked form and seen it dressed;
We're more content when Nature bares her breasts.

~~~

Ben Pickard 2019

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  • 1 month ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Okay, Ben, to be honest, when I saw this poem posted and I was at work, I wasn't sure if I should open it and read it there lol from the title!

    This seriously stirred my heart. How often human greed and lust for power overwhelms the beauty and purity of what has given us life. There are so many visuals in this, both gorgeous and saddening, and how I wish we could all live as minimalistic as possible, only using what we absolutely need to survive. It makes me think of those who grow their own gardens, make their own clothes, and find the most creative ways to reuse everyday objects.

    I wish for more awareness, for more understanding how much we are destroying. It can start small, we can take little steps, but it's first about acknowledgment and appreciation, knowing there is more than our wants and needs.

    Love this so much!! Thanks for sharing what needs to be heard.

    • 1 month ago

      by Ben Pickard

      I couldn't have said it better, MA. Thank you for this.

  • 1 month ago

    by Lainie Reay

    Beautiful

  • 1 month ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    OMG Ben thank you for sharing. You did an fantastic job and straight from the heart. Mother Nature is bleeding and expressing her pain in so many ways and still humankind is determined to destroy some more. It is heartbreaking. Glad to see it nominated. All the very best to you

    • 1 month ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thanks so much Dagmar and Michael. All the best as ever to you.

  • 1 month ago

    by Michael

    Lovely sonnet as ever Ben, and nature so after my own heart :)

    • 1 month ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Enough said, Star.I understand your point completely.

  • 1 month ago

    by Star

    OMG what is this? Where did this come from? There so much destruction happening, mother nature is withering.
    This is beautiful and original!

    • 1 month ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Makes you angry, doesn't it? In honesty, I can't claim to ever having been any sort of activist but I was watching what the Brazilian government has been doing to the Amazon and I just couldn't believe the naivety. I suppose that inspired this mostly.

    • 1 month ago

      by Star

      It does make me angry and frustrated. I cant say I’m an activist too. What’s happening to the Amazon is not having the attention it should. Well not only the Amazon of course.
      Also I believe this year we could feel the climate changes, and it is starting to become scary. I could go on and on but I will stop here :)

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