Polar Bear Drowning

Polar Bear Drowning

Why is the polar bear drowning
in a warm and iceless sea?
Robbed of his habitat
because of man’s love affair
with incessant debris
A cornucopia of excess
and disregard for habitat
Instant gratification
taking priority
Blame the autocrat
Winter now lingers
where once was Spring
Snow covering the plains
in April, with nothing for 
the Arctic king
His kingdom is melting
as the seas do rise
The Polar cap shrinking
Hurry and help this planet
Dying before our eyes
Yearning for leadership
to acknowledge a catastrophe
Save the seasons
and our planet
It will end in tragedy
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

National Poetry Writing Month
NaPoWriMo - Day 25 - April 25th
Today’s prompt (optional, as always). Taking a cue from our
video resource for the day, and from Keat’s poem, I’d like to
challenge you to write a poem that:
Is specific to a season
Uses imagery that relates to all five senses

(sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell)
Includes a rhetorical question,

(like Keats’ “where are the songs of spring?”)

Word Prompts




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  21 comments for “Polar Bear Drowning

  1. July 22, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Indeed it will, a great write.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 22, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you Crystal 💕🙂

  2. July 18, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    It’s indeed so tragic what we all are doing to this planet. You set the tone and mood so well with the polar bear’s image — it captures the reality that we often avoid. Well penned!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 18, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you so much. It means a lot to me.

  3. July 17, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Your first stanza sets the tone and it goes on from there. If someone can read this and know it’s based on reality and feel unmoved, they have no heart 🙁

    • Christine Bolton
      July 17, 2019 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you. Yes Lisa. I agree with you. 😢

  4. July 17, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Love your stan for tye Polar Bear,- save them and you likely save us by default. Nice write Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 17, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Rob. Yes you’re right. I feel strongly about it as many of us do. We are actually going to see the Polar bears in November. I want to see them before they disappear. I might not get another chance 😢

    • Christine Bolton
      July 17, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you Rob. I feel quite strongly about it. 😢

  5. April 25, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    sad. the loss of one’s home, indescribable. when I read the Arctic King, how my heart wept for this magnificent creature. this is an awareness poem too Christine, well written

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2019 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Gina. We are actually going up to see them in North Canada this November. A special trip. 🙂💕

      • April 27, 2019 at 8:45 am

        oh wow! Ice bears! Have the coolest time!

      • Christine Bolton
        April 27, 2019 at 11:29 am

        I’ll think of you while I’m in the snow 🙂💕

      • April 28, 2019 at 3:53 am

        my heart will be with you as you make that journey, one I hope to one day too.

  6. April 25, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Beautiful but poignant! ❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you dear friend. It makes me sad. 😢

      • April 25, 2019 at 3:06 pm

        It is sad. You are welcome.

  7. April 25, 2019 at 11:11 am

    These are sad circumstances

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Indeed they are Sadje 😢

  8. April 25, 2019 at 10:08 am

    beautiful poem!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 25, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much. 🙂

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