Writing a poem for Earth Day this week, for this week’s writing prompt, has been an interesting experience for me. It ended up being more enjoyable than I thought it would be. 

I admitted in posts earlier this week that I am no poet. And that most of my experiences with poetry have been in an academic setting. Which, quite frankly, made poetry kinda forced and boring and soul-sucking to me, which made it lose its appeal. 

Until I started writing my own poem this week, poetry was something that was too forced for me to enjoy or appreciate, or was sometimes simply artificially saccharine to me.

As I started considering what type of poem I was going to write for Earth Day this week and what I was going to include in it, I started enjoying the poem writing experience a bit more.  

I was happy to learn more about ecopoetry and ecopoetics. I didn’t know much about them before this week. And it actually brought me a bit of peace to know that ecopoetics even exists. 

It was also interesting to revisit some older poetry that I haven’t read in a long time. I reread some of Wordsworth’s and Whitman’s works. 

How fascinating it is that you can read the same poem multiple times and get something different and new out of the experience each time, especially if you reread a poem a decade later. 

As I was completing this writing prompt I also wrote a lot in my personal journal, to unpack my thoughts and feelings about the current state of Earth. There was a lot to unpack there. 

I highly recommend that you write a few journal entries about your thoughts and feelings on the state of the earth too, if you’re working on this week’s writing prompt too. You might be surprised by how much you can convert into poetry. Especially if you’ve been keeping up with the effects of climate change and recent environmental justice movements across the globe. 

After writing this week, I have a list a mile long of books to read about climate change and the environment. It looks like my book club is even going to end up reading The Sixth Extinction: A Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert in May. 

If you have any book recommendations for books on the environment or climate crisis or books full of ecopoetry, please let us know in a comment at the bottom of the page. Feel free to leave a note about your experience completing this week’s writing prompt too. Or leave a note on how you’ll be celebrating Earth Day today. 

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