Poetry by Jeff Green

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In memoriam

by cricketjeff on November 25, 2008.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

You should have seen the world before it died
From Arctic snows to harsh Saharan sand
And ocean deeps to mountains tall and grand
I saw her fairest sights and then I cried
      But men made free with all that was supplied
      They pillaged all the lands and then the seas
      Ignoring all of Mother Nature’s pleas
      I saw her fairest sights and then I cried
Too late they saw the leaders mostly lied
The fragile Earth could not forgive them all
The edifice of life was left to fall
I saw her fairest sights and then I cried
      You should have seen the world before it died
      I saw her fairest sights and then I cried

Author notes

An echo sonnet, a form I devised mostly based on the Kyrielle Sonnet but decasyllabic. Like the Kyrielle sonnet the final line of each of the four stanzas is the same and the first line reappears as the thirteenth. But the rhyming scheme is a*bbA accA addA a*A