The Effects

Blossoms feel poorly
from absence of rainwater
darkened clouds inept
blooms exploding with vibrant
colors now wear faded hues


Petals caught in an
unprovoked lasting combat
friendly faces sad
their leaves brittle and drooping
green thumb’s joy crushed to the ground


Bucks, does, and fawns live
in open space where the road
meets the hills, but drought
merged its parchedness upon
the land that nourished their souls

Now they mosey through
busy neighborhoods seeking
sustenance, unaware cars
don’t know the grave difference
eyes of drivers distracted


Turning back time is
not an option for saving
flora and fauna
who have fallen victim to
this climate alteration

Is the cause labeled
debated on both sides with
no agreement reached?
If we all did our small part
a rescue could come, maybe

Lauren Scott (c) 2022

44 thoughts on “The Effects

    1. It is distressing, Diana, as we enter another drought year. Only a bit of rain is predicted in a week, then no more. Summer’s just around the corner, and with summer comes our new normal fire season. It’s enough to bump anxiety up a notch. And we haven’t been directly affected, except for air quality. Others have lost lives and homes. It’s so scary and tragic. Anyway, it’s a real issue and I don’t know if a solution is forthcoming. Writing inspiration comes from all parts of life, doesn’t it? Thanks for your kind words and thoughts, and enjoy your day. Hugs back.

      1. I know and it’s so sad. We have been thinking of retiring there (a few years from now) since we visited and loved it. But with fires there, too, we’re not sure. Sounds silly, I know. Then again, our kids are on the east coast, so we’re actually very undecided. πŸ€ͺ

      2. Vermont sounds lovely, Diana, but I think we’ll try to avoid the severe cold, as well as tornadoes and hurricanes. We may just have to deal with fires or earthquakes. The other factor, and this is where we’re showing our age, is we want to stay with Kaiser. We have great health ins. and don’t want to give it up. So, the winner will most likely be one of those 8 states, and OR is one of them. πŸ™‚ Enjoy that beauty around you. ❀️

  1. Timely reminders Lauren! Despite human apathy, Mother Nature has been healing herself and would be able to sustain herself. Only humanity has to bear the brunt of their callous attitude!

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Lisa. I hope my poem brings more awareness, and I pray that “maybe” is truly possible in the future. Love and hugs, my friend. πŸ’•

  2. A poignant piece dear Lauren… Nature always the one who bares the brunt of Man’s negligence and his callous behaviour in his greed… We also seldom look into the geoengineering going on with the manipulation of weather… If they wanted it to rain they have the abilities … But that is another topic all together … When one sees deeper the behaviour of science, one is even more aghast at mans inhumanity to man and beast.

    Great poem in bringing awareness of The Effects we create .. And yes we could all do more by just altering just a little bit our consumer habits… and learning to respect ALL of Nature and her creatures..

    Much love dear Lauren. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Sue, thanks for your wonderful and insightful thoughts, and yes, some are for another post, but all so true. It’s a great feeling of helplessness when noticing the change around us. In two decades, our climate has changed, and I don’t see how anyone could say otherwise. Every summer, it’s all we can do to keep our hydrangeas alive. The scorching heat comes more frequently now, and with the drought comes watering restrictions. Sigh…anyway, one day at a time, and if we all do our small part, maybe things will improve. Love and hugs to you, dear friend. xoxo

  3. Jane Sturgeon

    I recall the days we used to see our car windscreens covered in little insects after a trip and when we mowed the lawn all sorts of creatures dived for cover. Where have they gone? A poignant poem, my lovely. ❀ ❀

    1. I know what you mean, Jane. It’s sad noticing the changes in many ways, and a feeling of helplessness when some people ignore the facts. Thanks for your kind words, my friend. Hugs xoxoxo

    1. Thanks so much, Robbie. We’re in another drought and only a little rain is coming in a week or so. And then summer and fire season…I was inspired to write which helps, even when the feeling of helplessness is front and center. Hugs.

  4. While the politicians ride their private jets to climate change climate summits to sit around humming and hawing over what to do, the earth is paying the price. It can make you feel powerless, but as you’ve wisely said, we can at least do our small part.

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