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A New Year - A New Chance
by Marcia Miller-Twiford
Sunday, December 28, 2008
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 celebrations will abound
we'll lift our glasses and toast

and we’ll make our resolutions
most of which will be forgotten
way before the coming of spring

it is the time of new beginnings, yet...
there will be a few less butterflies next spring
a few less ferns to adorn our bouquets
while the genetically altered frog stumbles
and we reject the knowing that all is disappearing
into the vortex of greed and ignorance

still, the forgotten sun will again bid good morning
kissing the remaining snow with golden nuggets
and we’ll observe in awe the beauty of each new day
soon tulips will proudly display their rainbow colors
as the narcissus acknowledge them and bow
squirrels will scamper about, happy in their freedom
as the grasses bend and sway in new growth

keep imagining, for without change soon it will not be
imagine no more flowers, no more rivers, no streams
I cry the tears of the melting ice caps, cry with me
as we howl with the wolf and run with the deer
and flounder with the salmon with no place to go
for there is nowhere to retreat, there is only here
here in the mire of our mutation

God's glorious creation desecrated
feeding our greed for more and better
we have consumed and destroyed
meanwhile we bemoan this winter’s ice and chill
as we will curse the increasing heat each summer
with how many more winters are we to be graced?

pile your plate with fish while you can friend
how many species were obliterated today?
rejoice in the chill of winter
they say no ice caps in 2040, let us pray
and sing loud in the oppressive heat of summer
for soon it may well be the only season
it is all we have, do not complain
it is all disappearing so fast

at the end of the remaining rainbows lies an abyss
rejuvenation is exhausted and nearly depleted
we are the destruction derby of creation
what fools we have been, we the honored caretakers
throw away your aerosol cans, recycle your rubbish
stop pollution of land and lake and soul
end all war and love thy neighbor

make a resolution to make a difference
lest we weep with the willow
as we witness the irreversible end
for Hell hath seen no fury like that
of Mother Nature scorned

 © Marcia Miller-Twiford





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Reviewed by John Domino 1/7/2009

This prayer poem is Biblically Correct!

It's the ONLY way to go!


John Michael Domino
Reviewed by richard cederberg 12/30/2008
"here in the mire of our mutation"
Everything is changing and the right choices need to be made by every individual. Making a difference can be as easy as offering someone, in need, a glass of water. Your sentiment in this is appreciated. One of your best writes!
Reviewed by Aberjhani 12/29/2008
What a grace-filled editorial in verse on the nostalgic joys of the past and the precarious environmental challenges of the present. Thank you for the motivation "to make a difference" and for the pleasure of reading: A NEW YEAR - A NEW CHANCE.


Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 12/29/2008
I enjoyed your poem and the wisdom concerning the woes of the state of our environment. Man will eventually annihilate himself because even with all his intelligence he cannot see that he and each individual upon this planet contributes to the pollution that will be the earth's destructive downfall.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 12/29/2008
The Age of Man will be replaced with something more sinister than man himself if we don't stop enjoying the down hill ride very soon.


Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines 12/28/2008
One of the scientific Websites said that the Arctic icecap is, right now, on average, only three feet deep. Ouch. And that white reflecting shield is what moderates our weather down here in mid-planet.

"we are the destruction derby of creation" -- brilliant line and so blamed true. If you drive north on I-5, through northern Oregon and southern Washington, you will see gorgeous forests on either side. But if you stop and park your car, and walk out through the trees, you will shortly come to the other side of the "forest" to the wide ranges of ravaged clear-cut hills. It hurts to see this because it is all dead out there, all ruined and devestated, just so we can have our plywood and cocktail toothpicks.

Humans claim to be the most intelligent species on the planet. Where is there any intelligence in this wanton demolition of the environment which, so far, has sustained life? Ha! If aliens are real, it is no surprise that they disdain talking to us. Our extinction is likely seen as good for the universe.

Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 12/28/2008

BRAVO on this!! Thank you!!


Reviewed by Gene Williamson 12/28/2008
I join you in your resolve, Marcia, and hope it makes a diffeence.
Reviewed by George Carroll 12/28/2008
A bleak outlook for the future that many smart people disagree with. We all can contribute to a better tomorrow but industry must lead the way.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 12/28/2008
it begins within and the change you wish to see in the world

we'll get there...
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 12/28/2008
And this is why the profits from my book will be donated to the foundation I've chosen... It's not much but if it can make a small speck of difference then I am pleased.. wonderful piece, my friend...
hugs, Myrna

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