Monday, June 10, 2013

Open Mic

What Do I Want?

I want to save the planet
so that my babies' babies will have
clean air to breathe and trees to sit under
 and fruit to eat.

I want science not evolution.
I want us to be stewards of
heaven on this Earth. I'm not
ready to be added to the endangered
species list just yet.

I want environmental policies that
promote sustainable urban development;
suits and Birkenstocks, together creating
green spaces where healthy people thrive.

What Do I want?

I want a real orange that tastes like
sunshine and its juices stick to my fingers.
I want to live long enough to giggle with my babies'
babies and inhale long, sweet breaths.


Linked to Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads.

I drafted this piece in response to a prompt at a writing site. The
question is the title. I want a lot of things. My response was inspired
by Majora Carter's impassioned presentation on


  1. Oh yes. That is what we all want, I suspect. But will we get it? That is the awkward question.

  2. suits and Birkenstocks, together creating...yes..i think that somehow it's possible if we really try it...

  3. It should be possible... Birkenstocks instead of SUVs and poetry instead of TV... sounds like utopia to me, but with real oranges ... it would be great.

  4. Sound right, LaTonya ~~ Every being should be able to play and laugh with their grandchildren. Thankfully we have done that, now your generation should.

    Also, you made me hungry for an orange. I will go peel it and get the sticky o.j. all over my fingers.

    Thank you for peeking in on my silly WATER poem, all was wet including The Little Lady.

  5. hear hear...i want similar...i want my boys and grands to know a world better than the one we have...and a real orange not one in a test tube....lets create it...

  6. Beautiful write--and it just resonates with me--Thank you!

  7. Amen! Took my boys to see The Lorax today and it's scary the direction in which we are headed.

  8. Nicely... and I really like the final stanza.

  9. Next to the orange, there is nothing as sweet as a poetry community. You guys rock. Thank you.

  10. The more I read, the more I find that we are kindred spirits.

  11. Absolutely agreed. k. (this is manicddaily at wordpress.)


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