Climate Change – I need Your Love
A poem by Solape Adetutu Adeyemi
I need your love
Help me to be loved
I want to be loved
love is my sustenance
love is my life
Not to be loved is death!
Daily you disrespect me
You throw thrash meant for the bin, into the gutters.
You throw thrash meant for the bin in water bodies
You allow untreated water to leave your companies
You make me dirty and cause me to stink!
Yet I endure it
Hoping, crying, that one day, you’d get to love me
You urinate and defeacate in my waters
You urinate in the gutters
I smell so much
And I begin to wonder
What did I ever do, to deserve this?
Daily you cut me down, yes I, Mr. Tree
Without recourse to cultivating another tree, where you had unseated me!
Indirectly cutting off the supply of oxygen I give
Through photosynthesis formed by my green leaves
And you wonder why the weather is getting unbearably hot!
Cutting me down for furniture making!
Cutting me down for firewood!
Defacing me, reducing me to a tree stump!
Daily you provoke me
Yet I plead for love
You ruin my ozone layer, my covering, my wrap
This, by burning fossil fuels, running generator plants, instead of going green!
The Carbon dioxide released from your actions destroy my satiny covering of Ozone
I weep, I cry at your thoughtlessness
Yet, I plead for love
I plead for empathy.
Cannot you, understand me, a little
Cannot you, be sensitive to my emotions, a little?
Every act of your callousness to me
Breeds daily, catastrophic changes in me, the Climate!
I will pour down rain at unexpected times and with such ferocity
That houses get submerged, people drown and die!
Farmlands get submerged in so much floodwater, sometimes drought comes too soon and too long
I will cause the seasons to be shortened and sometimes elevated
I will cause the sun to be scorching
I will give no relief from the weather
All because you refuse to love me
All because of your refusal to care for me
Daily you taunt me, the gas flares choke me,
cause so much heat for me and subsequently, increases the emission of greenhouse gases
And heats up the planet
Your cement producing industries,
spew so much asbestos that my vegetation is literally bathed with it
The air, my air is tainted and filled with it!
The sky, my sky literally turns grey with it!
And when I pour down rain, the asbestos runs into your water bodies,
Water bodies you drink from, polluting it, endangering your lives.
We’re in this together!
The more you hurt me, the more you hurt yourself!
The more you taunt me
Wondering, what the heck, can I do?
The more, I’ll show you, that even the kitten has claws!
What you throw at me, is what I’ll give back!
Give me love
I need your love
Can a lover, ruthlessly rape its love?
Yet, you rape me daily with your actions that are so very unloving
You graze on my farmlands until they are completely bare, exposing it to leaching
You cause bush fires, which destroy nutrients in my soil and cause me to burn in intense heat,
killing all the biological life in my fauna
I am Climate!
The hate you give
The thoughtless disregard to me
Yields catastrophic, never-ending events!
I need your love
Else you won’t have an environment to leave generations after you!
We both need to be loved!
We need this love, to survive!
We need this love for preservation!
Else we both go, extinct.