Reading: Leave a light footprint #poetry #earthweal

For this week’s earthweal challenge, Sherry has given us the following call to action:

In the midst of everything going topsy-turvy, in a dark-hearted world, let’s pick up our pens and direct our faltering hope, our vision – OUR LIGHT – in what may very well be our last gasp at the brink of the abyss.  With our Shambhala warrior pens, let’s expose what is wrong on the way to making it right. Let’s keep shining some light into this broken world, which remains so heartbreakingly beautiful, in spite of everything

I am linking up a video recording of me reading ‘Leave a light footprint’ from The Anthropocene Hymnal, a poem I originally composed for earthweal.

We can, and must, all do our bit to reduce our role in the rapid destruction of earth’s delicately-balanced ecosystem. We may feel that this is only a drop in the ocean, but if everyone did the same, imagine the positive changes we could make! A good starting point is the book How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything by Mike Berners-Lee. This book inspired the above poem, and made me much more carbon-conscious in my lifestyle choices. I am now acutely aware that the most positive choices I can make for our planet are to eat less meat and fish, use less fuel, and reduce my overall energy consumption. In short, be grateful for what I have and where I am. It’s a lesson I’m still learning, and I practice imperfectly, but I do try. The next important task is to raise awareness, which I aim to do through my writing.

I don’t suppose anyone rich and powerful will read this, but to them, I direct the following questions:

  • What kind of a world are you planning to leave your children and grandchildren?
  • Do you think money will protect them when the sun is blotted out by smoke from wildfires? When the last wild animals die and the food chain breaks down?
  • Do you think your fine houses will protect you, when they are washed into the sea, or overrun by the billions of people made homeless by your selfish actions?
  • Do you think you will be able to survive in space, or on a hostile planet, when you have made such an absolute mess of life upon a planet as bounteous as our earth?

Thank you, Sherry, for another fine challenge. This concludes my series of readings from The Anthropocene Hymnal. If you want to read the rest, you will have to buy the book 🙂 Here is the latest 5-star review from Amazon:

I have followed Ingrid’s Experiments in Fiction Blog for a couple of years now. I have always been both fascinated and made thoughtful through her words. I love that she has brought together her ‘Hymnal’ of evocative poetry and broaches the stark reality of what we are living through in this time of ‘Climate Change’.

I was particularly drawn to the pieces devoted to the RAPE of our Oceans! The trawler bearing upon the seabed its scars, hacking the carbon up from beneath and mangling to near extinction our wisest animal relations, the dolphins and whales! All in the pursuit of selfish profit!

Just don’t get me started on Fossil fuels!

Beautifully written… And so very well edited. These songs of reaction, really define the rather sad reality of Climate Change. We are leaving behind a scarred planet! We human beings are the Grim Reaper… We will end up with nothing!

Many thanks to A.W. for this review!

Anthropocene Hymnal
Now available from Amazon! I will be donating my royalties to WWF.

I will receive my first royalty payment at the end of the month, at which point I will provide a fundraising update. In the meantime, if you wish to, you can support my fundraising efforts by donating to my Anthropocene Hymnal fundraiser. I am offering a free PDF of the anthology to anyone who makes a donation.

A huge thank you to anyone who has contributed to, bought, reviewed and/or publicised this book in any way. Your contribution literally means the world to me!

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  1. A superb finale poem for your fabulous “Anthology” Ingrid, and honoured to a part of this gloriously produced book ..

  2. I love your poem, Ingrid, especially the lines about how our children will follow in our footsteps. I was on the blockades here in Clayoquot Sound in 1993. My dughter and grandson have been to Fairy Creek. I took my kids and grandkids into nature when they were children. It was a lifelong gift. I appreciate the notes following your poem too. Consumption needs to change to awareness and simplicity. The way our grandparents lived, without the excess of today. I am gifting friends with your anthology. The art work on the cover is especially admired. It is such a fine book. I will review it when I get some time and energy. Have been going through a family health crisis, so I am behind online.

    1. Thank you, Sherry! I think a respect for and love of the natural world is one of the greatest gifts we can pass on to our children. Thank you for gifting the book and spreading the word. Don’t worry about reviews, I am behind in this area as well! I hope all is well with your family.

      1. My big worry is whether my eyes will be up to it. I prefer audio these days, but that doesn’t exist. I don’t know much about Kobo but I won’t use Amazon.

  3. A lovely ending to a poem that delivers, without lecturing, a request to live simply and consider the impressions we leave behind. Simple pleasures make life worth living and allow us to live more deeply. Your poem is a beautiful reminder of this truth. 💖 I also love the many double meanings in this poem. Bravo! 👏🏼

  4. Your poem and words are beautiful dear Ingrid and your voice so soothing. you continue to educate, stir the pot and tell it like it is with beauty, conviction and grace Ingrid.
    I loved this line “Let’s keep shining some light into this broken world, which remains so heartbreakingly beautiful, in spite of everything”


  5. I always enjoy your poems, and especially your readings, Ingrid! The theme of this poem is something that is often on my mind. Climate change is not the legacy to leave our children. Lovely photo of footprints on the sand!

  6. I love your voice Ingrid! Your reading added so much more emotion to this beautiful poem❤
    I truly believe if we all do our part in protecting the Earth, and being conscious about our habits, we could at least reduce the impact of climate change. The questions you proposed were something people should ponder upon. It is high time we all realized the gravity of the situation, and check our lifestyle.

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