On Beautiful Sky
On Earth we share a common tie In Climate change, as time goes by. Can we stop it? Will you try? 'Cross your heart & hope to die?' Believe your promise is not a lie And swear it here, on Beautiful Sky. Sky that fills our world with light, Stars that preside over the night. All around us, Nature's might Our globe is such a magical sight. A responsibility, we must get right Take action fast, or lose the fight. Fight against the corporate greed That prioritises economic need. Dangers planted by industry's seed On which shifting weather patterns feed. Are we capable of taking heed Of where our pollution is going to lead? Lead us on to change our ways So the world on which descendants gaze Can be assured of better days As we decided not to laze, But to realise the costly price it pays In failing to act on this climatic phase. So listen closely to nature's sigh As fragile ecosystems cry. Believe your promise is not a lie And swear it here, on Beautiful Sky. by Sam Bartle (© Copyright Sam Bartle 2021)
About the poem:
I was inspired to write this after a summer evening stroll through Kings Mill in Driffield. The sky was clear and bright and I began thinking about climate change. The words “Believe your promise is not a lie, and swear it here on Beautiful Sky” were the initial hook, on which I built the rest of the poem. I decided to arrange the stanzas in three rhyming couplets and begin each new stanza with the last word from the previous one.The poem was featured on BBC Radio Humberside’s ‘No Filter’ programme and the line “And swear it here on Beautiful Sky” was selected as part of Luke Jerram’s ‘Of Earth And Sky’ urban poetry exhibition in Scunthorpe (Winner: Best Arts Project – Hearts for the Arts 2022).