Prompt 22 – a poem in honour of Earth Day

A wonderful poem to kick start this very ordinary day.

Harping On

NaPoWriMoToday’s prompt comes to us from Gloria Gonsalves, who also suggested our prompt for Day Seven. Today, Gloria challenges us all to write a poem in honor of Earth Day. This could be about your own backyard, a national park, or anything from a maple tree to a humpback whale.

I took my inspiration from the whales mentioned in the prompt.  The opening line (from Genesis 1:21) appears in Copland’s choral piece ‘In the Beginning’ and is also the title of a symphonic poem for orchestra with recorded whale sounds by the American composer Alan Hovhanness.  This line, which has its own music, led me into a poem which has the tone of fable.


and God created great whales
who knew they would
inherit the earth.

they touched the salt space
sang to the sun and
silver moon above.

they watched hues turn
from light to dark and…

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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