David Wood

(07 April 1950 / London)

Arctic Sunrise


Heavy metal is coming to the Arctic
Men will come and grind and drill
And plummet the depths of the Arctic seas
Plundering the wealth hidden in the depths.

The noise of their ships and drilling will
Confuse the great whales as they swim
Looking for krill to eat and survive.
But there is oil in the depths of the Arctic.

How do you treat a polar bear covered in oil?
How do you treat an oil covered walrus?
How many Orca’s and narwhal have to die
When the arctic has been polluted with oil?

Recent years have shown ice in the arctic
Has melted away and polar bears struggle to
Survive. What arctic sunrise awaits them now
That men have come to drill for oil?

Submitted: Monday, October 14, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 25, 2013

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Arctic Sunrise is the name of the Greenpeace's ice breaker impounded by the Russian authorities after protesting about drilling for oil in the arctic ocean.

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  • Amitava Sur (1/31/2014 7:26:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem about Arctic and expressing your concern about Arctic when man is forcibly scratching the virgin land.... very nice (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (11/24/2013 9:07:00 AM)

    David, this is a great piece of work. You should submit it to any number of Environmentally focused magazines - their readers would truly appreciate it. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Om Chawla (10/22/2013 4:08:00 PM)

    Till now the virgin area, is now becoming the target of man's greed which probably will never be satisfied. This unhindered tinkering is fraught with dire consequences. A very relevant issue and so very well raised. An excellent write (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (10/21/2013 6:11:00 AM)

    A well informed and insightful write. Our one species continues to think that we own the Earth, we do not we share it. It does not belong to us and this poem highlights just a little of the problems for other animals and their homes that we spread globally. We are not a bad species, but we are careless, greedy, selfish and sadly deluded. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (10/20/2013 12:51:00 PM)

    Man continues to destroy nature and the environment someday she will rebel and say enough is enough. good read (Report) Reply

  • Queeny Gona (10/20/2013 7:46:00 AM)

    Awareness stirring poem dear David Wood Sir. We are accountable for the present natural calamities both directly or indirectly! (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/19/2013 12:14:00 PM)

    Arctic to Antarctica it is a sad tale true
    Mankind's greed hitting the white and blue
    Whales may die or penguins fly
    Who cares when there is oil to sell or buy.........

    (Touched by your feelings and good poem Sir) (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (10/18/2013 4:51:00 PM)

    Man is continually destroying his environment and the planet will and is rebelling. Good one Dave. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/17/2013 11:40:00 PM)

    When we extract out Nature's bounty beyond a certain limit, it will have far reaching consequences which each succeeding generation will have to bear in rising intensities! Unless man learns to curb his greed for greater wealth, man and animals will be in peril! A great poem with a warning, never to be ignored! (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (10/15/2013 2:29:00 PM)

    Well done Dave we should all be up in arms over this maybe if we all shout loud enough we will be heard (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (10/14/2013 7:04:00 AM)

    Melting of arctic ice is showing effect on atmosphere. Drilling for oil leads to many problems as described. Some exploration is needed for man to advance but all this must be carried out with responsibility. Great poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (10/14/2013 5:33:00 AM)

    A great eye opener, the greed of man knows no bounds.
    compared to money life has no meaning to some. A great poem. (Report) Reply

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