Are We Too Late?

Boldly may we walk,
yet resolutely, carefully.
Minding the soul of Mother Earth,
respecting her fragility.
Oceans rise in anger.
Assault shorelines,
swallow homes built too near.
Heat past simmering patience.
Melt polar ice, bleach coral reefs,
threaten aquatic life.
Can we appease her?

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today, we’re to asked include the word BOLD, or a form of the word (not a synonym) within our poem of exactly 44 words, sans title. Image from

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12 thoughts on “Are We Too Late?

  1. rothpoetry January 9, 2023 / 7:30 pm

    Seems like the bold who build on the brink … end up in the drink!
    Well done, Lillian. It is disastrous what is happening in CA.


  2. msjadeli January 9, 2023 / 8:00 pm

    Only the grace of Mother Earth will save humankind now. We as a species aren’t being bold with our urgency to stop cutting trees and bulldozing ecosystems.


  3. Ali Grimshaw January 9, 2023 / 8:44 pm

    Mother Earth definitely needs us to take bold action to care for her.


  4. merrildsmith January 10, 2023 / 6:59 am

    Well-written poetic commentary. I particularly like your opening.
    I wonder if we can appease her, or if it’s too late? She will still be here, even when we are not.


  5. Colleen M. Chesebro January 10, 2023 / 2:08 pm

    This is so beautiful: “…Minding the soul of Mother Earth, respecting her fragility…” Very powerful.


  6. M Jay Dixit January 11, 2023 / 4:27 am

    a plea for humanity to take action to address the negative effects of climate change on the planet. Thanks for this.


  7. adda January 11, 2023 / 5:47 am

    So wonderfully written….yes, i do believe mother earth is retaliating. Stay safe in CA.


  8. Jim January 11, 2023 / 5:34 pm

    Oh that we could be as careful as the Polar bear.


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