For today’s prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog, take the phrase “(blank) World,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Theme Park World,” “Poeming World,” and/or “Brave New World.” Have fun putting the world in a poem.
Look up! Any time of night
you’ll see blinking lights
of airplanes crossing
from horizon to horizon
and you won’t see the milky way.
Listen hard! Any time of day
you’ll hear the growl of a motor
burning oil or the hum
of some electric spinning
and you won’t hear the leaves in the breeze.
Our pollution extends beyond smog
and toxins as we contaminate perception
itself like a once pristine glacier
covered with emptied bottles of water.