Monday, December 19, 2005

Don Haiku

I just read an article in the Journal of Ecological Restoration that discusses the constant negative portrayal of environmental topics in the media. This has resulted in turning the general public away from the movement. The author says we should focus on positive and affirming terms like ecological restoration and stay away from fear based management of the issues.

I suppose I am just as guilty. Phrases like "Invasive Species", "Top Five Threats", "Keep Junk Out" have headlined several past postings.

Now I hope to reverse that trend. The valley is a place of wonder, no doubt. It's just something we take for granted. Does the answer lie in... poetry? Maybe it's worth a try. I don't claim to be a poet, but I've tried now and then. I will keep this one safe by using haiku, in the classic 5-7-5 syllable form. No title but it is seasonally themed.

winter valley sleeps
green turns white as night dawns grey
somnolence gathers

I offer you the chance to try your own. Submit your own poetry to Don Watcher: valley themed, any form.


Kat said...


what a nice idea, but your poem is so dreary! If you want something positive why not a poem about something summery?
Here's my haiku contribution for the Don:

wildflowers blossom
colours all - red blue yellow
life's celebration

River Rat said...

Is this a river?
Some think it's just a big road.
Wither not strong Don

Airwin said...

native trees and plants
asleep in the Don waiting
skunk cabbage in snow