30 March 2016

What Can Be


Location of Maldives in the Indian Ocean.
Maldives in the Indian Ocean.


In twenty-five years when I am ninety
earth gently swirls its rain to crops in need
potential becomes actuality.

All life seeks partnership, and I foresee
humans relaxing gain for grains' relief  
In twenty-five years when I am ninety.

Listen! It calls. The lover once set free
exchanges bead for bead in planting seed
potential becomes actuality.

Islands galore welcome all in for tea
their restored shores garlanded with seaweed
In twenty-five years when I am ninety.

Food varies with landscape, soil and degree
as we be animals with young to feed
potential becomes actuality.

Verbalize your knowledge of what can be
in stories woven to decrease our greed
In twenty-five years when I am ninety
potential becomes actuality.



For my prompt

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Ninety / The Nineties


Copyright © 2016 Susan L. Chast



16 comments:

Old Egg said...

Sadly I can't see humans relaxing gain for grains relief however I do see us eating seaweed and a lot of creeping crawly things that hopefully will keep my grandchildren and their offspring alive. There is much potential if we dare to alter our eating habits and become chemical free. I loved the hope you portray in what I see as bleak picture.

rudraprayaga said...

Nicely worded.Potential becomes actuality,good thought.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Verbalize your knowledge of what can be
in stories woven to decrease our greed

Wonderful lines!! Such a brilliant write.

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Sumana Roy said...

Precious words. There is so much peace and goodwill in the images specially in the Earth's gently swirling rain for creation. Hope everywhere. Beautiful Susan.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so hope so. What a beautiful vision and - it is told - if we can conceive it, we can achieve it. I love the hope and peace in this poem.

Myrna R. said...

I love the hope in this, the picture it creates. If we can imagine this, it can become real. May this good poetential actuate. Thank you Susan.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I loved this, especially the repetition of the lyric. Wonderful and hopeful.

thotpurge said...

In twenty five years, we will probably in the middle of the much predicted water wars.. but I love the hope in your poem..

PT said...

Hey Susan...nice work I see lot of positivity and hope in these lines.But I doubt about bright future the way we are treating planet Earth

Luk Lei said...

It can't be unless you make it happen, at any age.

Jae Rose said...

I think many a thing could be eased if we sat down and shared tea - i love how you have used the device of 'In twenty five years' - it subtly but powerfully makes the point clear

rallentanda said...

I do not share your optimism. Neither does science.

Susan said...

Do you think it will take us more time? Here's some hope:
"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
--Warren Buffett

Six Cities Designed for Health

--by Anna Clark, syndicated from Yes Magazine, Mar 31, 2016
From Detroit to Edinburgh, these cities are helping residents live more healthful and equitable lives.
http://www.dailygood.org/story/1251/six-cities-designed-for-health-anna-clark/

Carrie Van Horn said...

What you see and paint here Susan is beautiful! A lovely hope from the heart of a wonderful poet.

Mary said...

You have given an optimistic view of being 90, Susan. I like the idea of potential becoming actuality.

Nicholas V said...

I am an optimist like you on this one, Susan. I see young kids nowadays being much more environmentally conscious and responsible than their parents.
A good write!