The earth is sad / Standing in the purple rain
Oceans are dying / I love you more than I did when you were mine
A bleached-white Barrier Reef / Colour me taken aback
Fracking for those last drops of oil / Let’s go crazy
Slaves mine phone components / It’s hard for me to say what’s right when all I wanna do is wrong
An island of plastic bags in the sea / Would you run to me if somebody hurt you, even if that somebody was me?
Burning fossil fuels to light our lives / Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999
Disappearing whales, gorillas, tigers, bees… / Believe it or not, I started to worry
Waters rising, refugees drowning / The times
And we fight about gay marriage / Can’t we just let love decide?
Global leaders do next to nothing / I’d rather be the pope
We could drop the coal, the nuclear. Use wind and solar / Overcast days never turned me on
Things have got to change. Faster / You’ve got the horn so why don’t you blow it?
Maybe it’s too late / Maybe I’m just like my mother – she’s never satisfied
We’ve only got this one planet / Nothing compares 2 U
Today’s National/Global Poetry Writing Month prompt/challenge was to write a poem for Earth Day but I wanted to acknowledge the death of the great musician Prince, whose music has been around as long as I remember, and is an artist Himself and I really bonded over (among others). So I’ve done a cleave poem – a poem in two halves which can be read as two separate but totally different poems, while read together they form a third poem.