Remnants (a poem)

The September 5th prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, is to write a poem ‘that confronts climate change, environmental degradation, habitat destruction and/or forest mismanagement’. It suggests a few words for inclusion: cage, habitat, dead, altered, destabilized, remnant, margins, mutilated. I used the words, but wrote about something else entirely.

Outside the cage
I picked through the remnants
of the dead letters
we wrote from the margins
before we entered the den
They contained the words
that altered our existence
that settled my destabilized world
and brought me to a place of peace

The pages are mutilated now
folds and tears and water stains
and whatever else lives in the landfill
Records so carefully kept now in tatters
amidst the decay and the stench
They now exist in a habitat of refuse
the ink bleeds back into the soil
just another stain upon the earth

(9 September 2014)