Day 20: Earth Day Haikus #28DayChallenge

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Every year, April 22 is set aside in support of environmental protection. As you can imagine, this provides an opportunity to initiate conversations about the environmental impact of human activities, climate change, sustainability and related topics. It remains important that we limit the damage we do to our environment, and possibly reverse them. So I chose to write four Haikus to commemorate this special day. Whatever you do, always consider the environment! Thanks for taking the time to read, and see you in the next post!

He who plants a tree
Urged on by its future sway
May have saved a life

The ice melts away
Threatened by increasing heat
From our atmosphere

A race against time
As the earth turns upside down
To save what remains

It rose on the West
A bizarre day for the Sun
And set on the East

A Race Against Time

Slowly he trudged, his journey lay ahead

Bleakly he looked, hoping to see the end

Armory at hand, his frail soul to defend

Pains around his body, aching in his head

 

His fragile soul was famished, looking for a sign

All his strength focused, on finishing the journey

He had nothing left; he’d spent all of his money

But he had this resolve: to see the finish line

 

Along came a traveler, a fellow journeyman

He too seemed exhausted, tired to the bone

They began to discuss, both talking in a drone

Our friend did not inquire, about the strange man

 

They traveled on together, sharing their pain and sorrow

But time soon revealed, the person of the stranger

For soon he condescended, to eating from a manger

And then put off his journey, until an unknown morrow

 

He put our friend in danger, a state of real confusion

For he began to dither, over his fallen friend

But soon he realised, all things were at an end

And so picked up his journey, bringing it to conclusion

 

Finally as he ended, though he had not a dime,

Yet his soul was comforted, knowing he’d overcome

He had a lot of trouble, all of through which he’d come

To finish up his journey, a race against time

Toyin Taiwo © 2012