Article that Inspired Me: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/01/australia/australia-fires-explainer-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
World on Fire
The beautiful starry night
Was once peaceful
Was once enchanting
And at one point
Could be seen with an unimaginable clarity
There came a glare that lit the dark sky
There came a wind that was so powerful
There came a hiss and a cry.
It sits crouched
In the green dry grass
It soon moves quickly
And burns the land
It consumes with hunger
Engulfs all in its path with indifference
For all the life it is killing
Sucking the existence out of.
And this glare
It is forever imprinted in the minds of those
Who cross its path
Devouring animal habitats
Wiping out mother nature
Running scarcely for their lives
Their landscapes now black and bare.
Smoke blanketing the once crystal sky
High temperatures helping dry the land out,
Hard to inhale every breath
These are the only things insight
but hoping for fresh air
and new beginnings.
My Poem Audio:
When people try to break away from the societal norms of others, they end up being scared of standing out or worried they will be harmed for being different. A poem that is a good example of this is Ghost of a Chance by Adrienne Rich. Ghost of a Chance is an open free verse poem that is about a man who does not have a purpose in life and is trying to break away from the societal norms. During the poem when it talks about “the old consolations will get him at last”, the old consolations are his original way of thinking and how he has a different viewpoint on life. But the man is finding it difficult because “pulls it back blind into the triumphant sea”, this is a metaphor for how societal norms can have control over us and how there continues to be obstacles that get in the way of one accomplishing a goal. We should be able to be our own person without being worried to be different or stand out.
This poem has a few similarities to the novel Oryx and Crake; Jimmy and the man are very similar. Jimmy stands out in the novel because he is a words person and not a numbers person. Jimmy is trying to pursue a path that is different than the others, but he succumbs to the societal pressures. The poem and novel are good examples of showing the tangible vs. the intangible and understanding them both can help us out in life. As well as, both demonstrate how other opinions can stop one from achieving what they were destined to achieve.