Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Poem of the Month (August, 2011): NATURAL DISASTERS



A doodle on the 1992 cyclone in Bangladesh

Doodle (Dhaka: November 21, 1992) © Jerome D'Costa


Natural Disasters

By Jerome D'Costa


Natural disasters come, natural disasters go
Unexpectedly, beyond any human reach.
To some, disasters come from God
As trials or punishments,
To others, they are part of
The Nature’s cycle of vagaries.
For the last few decades,
Natural disasters are occurring
At a frequent rate,
With ominous ferocity and calamity.
Some say, mankind with its greed and self-centeredness,
Mistreating the Nature and its environment
In a naked and unabashed manner.
As citizens of this world
We need to lead our lives most responsibly
So that our man-made global warming
Might not trigger the Nature’s frequent furies.


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