Around the globe, concern for the human ecosystem and society finds expression in every communication medium imaginable and verse has not been overlooked. This page has been developed in recognition of the contribution that poets are making to the aims of the Pachacuti Project. Our intention is to feature individual verse that has been specifically provided for the project's use and to provide links to the works of poets we believe have made an outstanding contribution to improving society's attitude towards the ecosystem. We hope eventually to have gathered enough original work to publish a book of "Pachacuti Verse." Please feel free to send us your creative efforts for consideration.
The Australian bard himself. A long loved public performer of classic Australian verse, Jack Thompson has recorded a number of works, all available from the website Finepoets.
To head up our list of 'ecopoets', we could not go past Australia's poet laureate, Mark O'Connor, who writes regularly in support of Pachacuti aligned social principles. His published works of verse as well as his engaging blog are available on his website.
ORIGINAL PACHACUTI VERSE
An original Haiku by George Trembath to kick off. It has no title and probably doesn't need one.
sees bandit, king nor beggar;
scatters all like leaves.
As a feature of Pachacuti’s ‘Be the Change’ Earth Day at Cobargo, we ran a poetry competition, judged by Australia’s poet laureate Mark O’Connor. For a $500 prize, poets of the Bega Valley were asked to submit verse capturing the essence of humanity’s conflict with the ecosystem that supports us. There were two equal winners, Dean Turner of The Crossing and Connie Mason. Upon accepting their $250 prize money, Connie quietly handed hers back. Dean’s became a contribution to the running costs of The Crossing. Presented below are the two poems;
Connie Mason’s Entry – (Untitled)
What colour would blue be if it were not for the sky
Would we ever look up if birds didn’t fly?
Which green would you choose if it weren’t in the trees
How silent our world, if not for the breeze
And the sound of the surf
And the roll of the seas.
In all this grandeur I am so small
Does my footprint matter?
It’s just me – after all?
But one voice becomes louder when joined with another
The planet can hear us, it is our mother
It has given us life and asks us to care
No matter who, no matter where
Can’t you hear the earth calling?
Can’t you hear her plea.
To live with her in harmony.
If not now, then when will it be?
She’s calling to you and she’s calling to me.
And the second winning contribution;
Restore before the dinosaurs wake?
by Dean Turner
Behold the ancient greenhouse haze
Bringing back the raptor days
For we release the radicals free
Oil carbon terror
Burnt life of old seas
Coal carbon power
Of dinosaur trees
And floating plastic stew
Our carbon cult grew
Me, my, more, stuff you!
Losing diversity; reefs, forests, rain
Ice and soils going… planet in pain
Depleting and melting
Gaia is shifting
Some land rebounding
While some land is sinking
For ‘Peak Soil’ needs replacing
Through volcanic violence
Or human creating
And every choice
One Earth, One Ocean
Cradle to cradle
No more grave products
To pollute or disable
Design waste as food
Reabsorb and remake
An Earthcare society
Won’t let the Earth bake.
Our gratitude goes to Dean and Connie for this poignant work by both.