Mini-Inquiry Project – Ignoring our home (Poem)

Ignoring our Home – By Maya P.

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We exist not to overlook earths beautiful nature but to respect its utter power, and see that Mother natures capability to devour us and our intruding cultures is not an allusion; When she thrives, we thrive and when she falters we falter for we are not the first creature that crept the land from the brine.

Society has infested the earth with its overpopulation and consumption of unnecessary objects, so much that we have altered humanities opinion on how we need to love not with our eyes but our mind,

So now…

We can only find meaning through the small lens that has opened to show none the less a narrow-minded path, Instead of taking advantage of the natures strength like a strong and lonely woman welcoming us, we decide to depend on the tangible products rather than taking the easy route;

Following this path could lead to a tornado that either knocks our perspective back into place or leaves bittersweet destruction, Also known as a new beginning, to redo our past errors of judgment because this chance is not to be taken for granted

We must make our choice whether we put our trust in nature to protect and shelter us or turn to the robotic, robust future that awaits us.


‘Ignoring our Home’ is a free verse poem by Maya Pawley that explores the bittersweet reality of our actions reflected on Mother nature.  She gives deep insight into why we only focus on the tangible or the material in our culture. Maya not only explains how “Society has infested the earth with its overpopulation and consumption” but how we have a choice of how we react to this power. Her explanation on how we must either use our overruling power to respect the superiority of Mother Nature or choose to “turn to the robotic, robust” future that lays ahead, opens a new perspective for society. She uses many devices to emphasize her meaning. For example, when she explains the possible outcomes of the path we have taken, she uses a metaphore of a Tornado “that either knocks our perspective back into place […] or redoes our past errors of judgement”. While she analyses the acts of humankind she refers to the Steve cutts Man video. Cutts video demonstrates how we have continuely consumed all the good and fresh products from mother nature. This has caused our oblivion to see the effects we have put on our home; also known as ‘Ignoring our Home’.

Further analysing this poem, I was able to find several allusions from William Shakespear and two short storys ; The Sea Devil by Arthor Gordon and A Mountain Journey by  Howard O’Hagan . When she begins ilistrating our ignornace towards natures aide she uses imagery of “ a strong and lonely woman”. During the story A Mountain Journey this quote was used to represent a tree welcoming him to take a deserved rest. This author has presented poetry filled with several meanings, wheither interpreted differently they all lead to the single coonflict; that we have a choice to make.

One thought on “Mini-Inquiry Project – Ignoring our home (Poem)

  1. Maya – wow – well done! great images through your devices. Excellent exploration of the inquiry question and discussion of the inspiration found through the literature. My only (minor) complaint is that I wish the poem visually was more arranged. But otherwise great job!

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