Two Poems on the Climate Crisis

Author: Will Holland

Caption: The first poem I wrote is a limerick about nuclear energy. I chose this form, which is usually reserved for light-hearted subjects, to illustrate the irony inherent in the anti-nuclear movement. The fact that “environmentalists” have teamed up with fossil fuel companies to kill the best source of renewable energy that we have is, at a basic level, sort of funny.

The second poem is meant to speak for the many young people who feel disillusioned by what comes across as the powerful’s ignorance of the climate crisis. As disheartening as it may be, we continue working and hoping that we can make progress on this most important of issues.

Tags: Climate Change and Oceans




There once was a power named nuclear

Of it all the people lived in fear

They shouted and screamed

Not seeing it seemed

That it was their best chance to live, dear!


Traditional Poem


O, for a world of thinking men,

I truthfully would give my last!

Knowing now, and knowing then,

Deliverance rarely comes to pass.

O, for a world of awakened women

I would dutifully bow,

Thanking God and those He’s in

For saving sacrifice, somehow. 

Yet as we are, slumbering alive,

Hard it is to forsake doubt.

Yet, I refuse to halt my drive

And expend my ephemeral shout. 

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