we must sail against the winds

by Mr. Darcy   Nov 25, 2020

a slow slag-heap-sun
slips into a
concussed sky

down there where the ice cries

a sixty a day hearse
gnarls it's grilled

watch it. . .

snap, snap, snapping
at the haemorrhaging heels
that st-stumble on
impotent stumps

can you save it,
do you even want to stop the . . .

flailing, falling - thump
as the forest's last cough
crumbles like

inhale it
inhale all

. . .that choking sulphuric-air
as it licks long the
canary's strangled-song

give them up. . .

the lumps of life-clotting lungs
wrung out with the hides
the why, oh why, oh why. . .

yet, in the seamless shadows
his smile is endless

*a fist shakes hard*
. . .and the dark-eyed dice roll quick and fast

"swallow those shards, kiddo"
*a deep breath*

"yes, do it!"
"do it, now!"

and for the last time
in a bobbing bottled sea
and with the
surety of cyanide
a skull capsizes and
. .k

. .s

humanities hollowed chances
now reduced to a
sea-bed-stained sentence:

"eventually, even the parasites
will perish!"


Mr. Darcy
© 2020


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  • 2 years ago

    by Baby Rainbow

    Wow, what amazing structure this poem has and I live your layout and the way you include things like stuttering the word stutter etc, it made the whole poem very suspenseful as if you were telling us a story and we had to keep reading on to find out more.

    Great way to create a message, one which we all hear every day but sometimes it takes imagery like this to hit it home how much we have failed as a species and need to change our ways - even just begin to observe what is happening in our world.

    I could totally see this piece being narrated over an advert - with David Attonboroughs voice!!

    • 2 years ago

      by Mr. Darcy

      Thanks, Saffie. I wrote this after watching Sir David Attenborough. I just hope we can all change our ways in time for our planet.

  • 2 years ago

    by cassie hughes

    A vivid and powerful write which really hammers home the message that we need to start looking after this planet and that ending is just wonderful. Congratulations on a very well deserved win.

  • 2 years ago

    by Michael

    Congratulations Mr D on a great piece :)

  • 2 years ago

    by Keira Pickard

    Congratulatins on your win!
    This is excellent. It has a powerful message on global warming, deforestation, forest fires and what humans are doing to the earth. Brilliant!

  • 2 years ago

    by Em

    Hello there Mr, I'm sorry I missed this one.. How I'm not so sure. Firstly, I'd like to congratulate you on your front page :) Secondly, I'd like to say if this wasn't on the front page and I wasn't highly interested in your work and obvs hadn't missed this then I'd have been intrigued by the title of this as it called to me that even in the saddest of times we must pick ourselves up and disy ourselves off because we have people to prove wrong, maybe I'm dead wrong but just my first thought with the title.
    The actual content of this is astounding with extremely vivid content.
    Well done,

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