Thursday, 21 April 2011

Message in a Bottle -- NaPoWriMo 9

In response to the prompt du jour at Poetic Asides. I have added links to some of the potentially more obscure news stories.
Message in a Bottle

Hello Wayfarer!
Pick me up. Uncork me.
Put my mouth to your ear and hear
As I whisper stories from far and near,
Of how I rode the waves that rose over ten stories high
And came crashing down on a city nearby.
Of how oil gushed out of the ocean bed, 
following greed and leaving destruction in its tread.
Of men that took hostages of ships on the seas, 
to wage wars that brought countries to their knees.

Before you throw me away in disgust
Hear also of these, that may restore your trust
Of a people who still valiantly persevere
Through an almighty economic mire.
Of a people who fought for their right
overthrowing a man of awful might.
Of ordinary people that work each day
to help in their own small way.
And so before you leave the shores of this ocean
would you please drop me in the recycling bin?

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Stan Ski said...

The message in every bottle should be 'recycle'...

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Anonymous said...

Stan's right about the recycling, but I especially appreciated the commentary underscored, espec. the Gulf catastrophe. Lest we forget the Alaska debacle... and prayers for all those on the seas off Somalia, although anyone who would take a luxury yacht down there is almost asking for it, no?

Peace, Amy (my "message"):

Judy Roney said...

What a cool twist speaking from a bottle's point of view then cycling (pun intended) to a very timely subject at the end.

Agnija said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting. Nothing feels as good as when someone else understands what you're getting at!

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Milk bottles used to say 'rinse and return' on them. Cool poem and your last line took me by surprise!!

Agnija said...

Thanks for stopping by, SweetTalkingGuy!

Mr. Walker said...

I like how you had the bottle carry the message in a very different way - and all the allusions to recent happenings was a nice touch - but then ending it from the perspective of the bottle, wanting to be recycled - that took it to a whole other level.

Agnija said...

Thanks Mr. Walker.