Polar Bears in Peril

By Anita Britto, Auckland
To submit your article / poem / short story to Daijiworld, please email it to news@daijiworld.com mentioning 'Article/poem submission for daijiworld' in the subject line. Please note the following:

  • The article / poem / short story should be original and previously unpublished in other websites except in the personal blog of the author. We will cross-check the originality of the article, and if found to be copied from another source in whole or in parts without appropriate acknowledgment, the submission will be rejected.
  • The author of the poem / article / short story should include a brief self-introduction limited to 500 characters and his/her recent picture (optional). Pictures relevant to the article may also be sent (optional), provided they are not bound by copyright. Travelogues should be sent along with relevant pictures not sourced from the Internet. Travelogues without relevant pictures will be rejected.
  • In case of a short story / article, the write-up should be at least one-and-a-half pages in word document in Times New Roman font 12 (or, about 700-800 words). Contributors are requested to keep their write-ups limited to a maximum of four pages. Longer write-ups may be sent in parts to publish in installments. Each installment should be sent within a week of the previous installment. A single poem sent for publication should be at least 3/4th of a page in length. Multiple short poems may be submitted for single publication.
  • All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format or text file. Pictures should not be larger than 1000 pixels in width, and of good resolution. Pictures should be attached separately in the mail and may be numbered if the author wants them to be placed in order.
  • Submission of the article / poem / short story does not automatically entail that it would be published. Daijiworld editors will examine each submission and decide on its acceptance/rejection purely based on merit.
  • Daijiworld reserves the right to edit the submission if necessary for grammar and spelling, without compromising on the author's tone and message.
  • Daijiworld reserves the right to reject submissions without prior notice. Mails/calls on the status of the submission will not be entertained. Contributors are requested to be patient.
  • The article / poem / short story should not be targeted directly or indirectly at any individual/group/community. Daijiworld will not assume responsibility for factual errors in the submission.
  • Once accepted, the article / poem / short story will be published as and when we have space. Publication may take up to four weeks from the date of submission of the write-up, depending on the number of submissions we receive. No author will be published twice in succession or twice within a fortnight.
  • Time-bound articles (example, on Mother's Day) should be sent at least a week in advance. Please specify the occasion as well as the date on which you would like it published while sending the write-up.

September 10, 2015

Polar Bears in Peril

In the Roadless icy vastness of the rich Alaskan plains
There’s a fairy-tale like feeling where breath-taking beauty reigns
A landscape like no other with an endless sea of white
Unrivalled haunting images – A panoramic sight


Its fragile beauty threatened as the ice is on the run
While the sea levels keep rising and we point out to the sun
Alarm bells have been ringing so it comes as no surprise
That the Polar Bears who live there are the ones who’ll pay the price


From drifting chunks of ice floes the Polar Bears hunt seals
And try to teach their young ones to survive and find their meals
Swimming 60 miles in search of floating ice to rest
Poor Mother Bear’s exhausted – Homeless and dispossessed


With prey in short supply the biggest challenges they face
Are ones that are created by the reckless Human race
Greenhouse gas emissions, oil spills and seismic tests
Extensive offshore drilling - despite constant protests


PCB’s into the sea with no ringed seals in sight
20,000 bears are trying to put on one brave fight
Bewildered and quite puzzled with extinction looming near
Man’s inaction unexplained while glaciers disappear


I hope we save our planet – And yet I must confess
I’m just a guilty bystander who adds to all the mess
Overwhelming evidence compels me to act quick
Apocalyptic visions of a planet frail and sick


Let’s join our hands together before it’s just too late
And save iconic glaciers from a very sorry state
Let’s get our act together – Now that we feel the heat
Unlike Kyoto Protocol which bowed down to Wall Street


We have to clean our oceans and recycle all our waste
Our planet’s in the ICU – its landscape we’ve defaced
The last nail’s in the coffin – and Noah’s not in sight
The writing’s on the wall – an epitaph - in black and white.

 

 

Anita Britto Archives:

 

 

Comment on this article

  • Mitha , Udupi

    Wed, Sep 16 2015

    Gud one Anita.
    Hope it rings the bells to the right people at least now.sadly 99%nod the worlds population are still ignorant of these kinds of facts.

    Agree [3]

  • flavian.dsouza, chik/banglore

    Wed, Sep 16 2015

    These poems should be part of the curriculum for all children and translated into native languages . Very well written poem indeed

    Agree [4]

  • Dr.Anand and Geeta Pereira, Sakleshpur/Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 14 2015

    A direct call, to not only Save the Polar Bears but to preserve the delicate thread of life binding all ecosystems. The important aspect of this beautifully written poem also reveals that the Polar Bears are currently listed as Vulnerable by ICUN's Red List Impact of Climate Change is the biggest threat. A reduction in Large masses of ice has catastrophic consequences in the availability of seals which is the main source of food. Apart from Food, Global warming hinders the successful reproduction and nourishment of young ones.Thank you for this creative talent, channelized to bring awareness on conservation.

    Agree [3]

  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Sep 14 2015

    We, go far back and decipher Nostradamusa's predictions and how they are coming true now.
    If Daiji's special archives are preserved then our future generations will surely exclaim that there once lived a 'Prophetic
    Predicting Poetess'called Anita Britto.

    Agree [3]

  • jimmy noronha, Bellore, Lucknow

    Sun, Sep 13 2015

    The theme of the poem is very much in keeping with the concern world over for the Polar bear. Perhaps the feet used for the poem might have been much in keeping if they were Anapest whereas I am afraid they are not. This poem is highlighting on the destruction that is in the offing, so two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable would have been great. Furthermore, wonder if the meter is uniform or it is free verse!! The rhyme scheme of AB AB throughout the poem gives it some joy to read through.

    Agree [3]

  • Anita sequeira, Bendur - Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 11 2015

    Excellent Anita...keep up your God gifted talent....All the best. So proud of you.
    Love,
    Urbanitamanda

    Agree [3]

  • Jyoti Raj, Auckland

    Fri, Sep 11 2015

    Another gem...and so true. Mother earth is being used and abused.

    Agree [3]

  • Joe Britto, Nakre/Bangalore

    Thu, Sep 10 2015

    Yet another fantastic piece -Thanks Anita.

    If Bears and Bees vanish from the face of the Earth, it's not really too far away for mankind to follow as well.ANON

    Agree [7]


LEAVE A COMMENT

Title : Polar Bears in Peril


 
 
 
 

 
You have 2000 characters left.

Disclaimer:

Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Daijiworld.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Daijiworld.com be held responsible.


Security Validation

Enter the characters in the image