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Ecopoems and Animated Ecopoems

 

Ecopoems express thoughts, feelings and emotions
on the interrelations of living organisms with their environments. Ecopoems connect us through language,
sound and sight to how our precious natural heritage is respected, which defines love of the earth.

 

 

My Legacy


 a thousand generations

laboured for progress

 

I am the first

with pesticides in my fat

radioactive strontium and

cesium in my bones

nitrous oxide and

asbestos in my lungs

mirex in my muscles

dioxin in my wine

 

 

______

 

censored

 

I hung a word

on an old pine tree

 

  they cut down the tree

 

I strung my word

on a pine sapling

 

they pushed down the sapling

 

I placed the word

by a pine seedling

 

they plowed down the seedling

 

I traced my word

on the sun-baked soil

 

it blew away

 

______

               

______

 

Long Live the King

 

a new road pierces the wilderness

a young bull moose mounts the invader

a truck horn blares

the moose bugles

the truck charges

the moose charges

a King is born

 

______

 

 

a coal miner's test

 

an over-heated "No-stick Treated" pot

 

emits hot fumes that she assumes will not

 

be harmful till the vapours kill her lot

 

of caged canaries

 

______

 

 

Lakehood

 

a lake

 

needs a loon

 

to laugh with the moon

 

to be a lake

 

______

 

 

unfathomable

 

 

   i wish i could draw

 a political cartoon

of a noble whale

in a concrete jail

prodded to perform

to lunge from the water

as the audience cheers

a whale trainer

prancing dancing

on the whale's nose

a bruised nose

my brother's nose

 

______

 

Signs

 

wild animals in the stars

wild animals in the clouds

 

what will we see in them

when the wild ones are gone

 

______

 

A Matter of Taste

 

a partridge in a pine tree

exquisite to see

 

a budworm in a pine tree

repugnant to me

 

a budworm in a partridge

a delicacy

 

______

 

Untitled Couplets

 

the large fierce animals are dead

the meek inherit earth instead

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we say in an arrogant way

that we are much smarter than they

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sly nature plays a trick each time one dreams of love as love sublime

for love is nature's prank we face, her ruse to reproduce each race

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a snapping turtle snaps at me

"dioxin saps virility"

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follow the trail of the fox

to tell the tale of the fox

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Animated Poems

 

The text for these computer-generated ecopoems was digitized, rotated, coloured and flipped using animation software.  These animated poems can be viewed in your browser if you have Shockwave Flash installed on your system. 

BUTTERFLY BEAUTIFLY BEAUTIFUL, the first animated poem in this series, was created in 1987 and animated in 2000.  

Click on the titles below to bring these poems to life.  Afterwards, press the "back" button of your browser to return to this page.

 

Butterfly

 

Poetry in Motion

 

The ABC Book of Extinctions

The "ABC Book of Extinctions" shown here has also been published by

Coach House Books --see www.chbooks.com/archives/online_books/abc_book_of_extinctions/

 

                     

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