The Bee All & End All

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The Bee All & End All

He said,

Mankind will survive their disappearance for no more than five years

and our continuity depends on the health of our planet and its species,

there are no second chances and when they’re extinct, we’ll watch through tears

when it’s their end and no amount of our empty words and pleas

will bring them back.

Our world will be a very different place.

When the last one dies, will we open our eyes and no longer see

the species that played such a significant role, has left no trace

and within no time, our diet will be so bland, without the industrious bee.

We swallow the fruits of their labour, greedily, without much thought

that every third bite of food we eat, comes as a result of their productivity.

Foolishly, is honey the only gift they give, were we taught,

not that over 4000 vegetables depend on these pollinators activity?

This diligent group, so under threat, should be top of our list,

as without their earnestness we risk, losing all of our plants

that with their chivalrous stripes, they have gently kissed

and we run the danger of silencing their humming chants

in our gardens and flower meadows.

But it doesn’t just stop here.

With no flora to consume with their sustenance, all the beasts that rely

on this food will be affected and will also disappear

and without our intervention, they will also suffer and die.

So up the food chain this will have a knock on effect.

Our cattle used for meat and milk, eat lupins and alfalfa,

both of which depend on the pollination of this flying insect,

so when the last one buzzes its end, will we well up with nostalgia?

Instead we spray our crops freely with neonic pesticides

that are toxic to these creatures, in their coats of blacks and yellows,

as roaming they collect this lethal nectar, to then provide,

honey for their larvae, these foraging little fellows

transport it back to the colony to cause widespread death,

or when exposed to these chemicals, they forget their way back home

and become disoriented and insane and take that one last breath,

whilst their larvae wait for nourishment in the hexagonal honeycomb.

Neonicotinoids increases the effect of the varroa mite,

just 2,000 of them can kill a 30,000 colony

with viruses and disease, then this crab like parasite

is detrimental to the health of the helpful honeybee.

Well,’one asks ‘what can be done to help them in their plight?’

We should support our local farmers who grow organic,

do not use pesticides or chemicals in our gardens to fight

the weeds, leave them and make a colourful border that’s botanic.

Plant through the seasons to provide a year round bee habitat,

keep our lawns longer for shelter, don’t just cut our grass

in parts. These steps are small but will help us all combat

the decline of this, our allies. let’s face it, it’s not a lot to ask.

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Heads Together

Night

Just because you can’t see something is wrong,

because on the outside, a person looks strong,

doesn’t mean that everything on the inside is fine,

they’re maybe trying to hide any outward sign.

One in four people in the UK each year,

will suffer a condition that society fears,

it carries a stigma, it’s called Mental Health,

and it can creep up slowly with it’s insidious stealth.

It can destroy entire families and end people’s lives,

as into one’s life, it silently arrives,

regardless of age, gender or race,

with its secret, deceptive and noiseless embrace.

And as people suffer and are afraid to admit

and fear the prejudice, to be told they’re unfit,

so quietly endure their pain on their own

and live their lives, sad, lost and alone.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry,

are spearheading a campaign, that they hope will carry,

changes to societies, national perception,

about this condition and its ghastly deception.

They are keen to build on the great work that’s taking place

across the UK and are keen to erase,

the stigma attached to this silent condition

and with their involvement, have made it their mission.

In partnership with Charities with much knowledge,

have made it their goal and also they pledge

to enable society to realise it’s not wrong

and have used as a springboard, London’s Marathon

to heighten awareness and raise vital cash,

as through London’s streets, the runners did dash.

There are lots of ways, we can all get involved,

to ensure our nation’s perception’s dissolved.

For all who are interested, you can take a look

at ‘live’ conversations on Twitter and Facebook

and other media platforms, there’s news on their feeds

about how we can help, there’s plenty to read.

There are events going on throughout the UK,

which we can help with, if just for a day,

so let’s put our ‘Heads Together’ in this race

to make our society a more caring place.

100 Years

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With its familiar sound and computerised voice

                              he said,

I believe the increasing risk of being wiped out

                             is high.’

The renowned theoretical physicist with brilliant brain in

                             his head

said, ‘Disaster, sudden nuclear war or asteroid strike from

                                  the sky,

   or climate change, a genetically engineered virus and

                              over population,

could mean Humankind has no future if we don’t forge new life

                                        in space.

With technological possibilities of plasma rockets and

                           human hibernation,

we have about 100 years if we want to survive, we need

                                 to embrace

 the ability to free ourselves from the constraints of a

                            dying planet,

or we will watch its cataclysmic end as we continue

                            to devour

       the resources from this ball of basalt rock

                          and granite,

         our mass extinction grows closer hour

                             by hour.

       Mother Earth is ending our tenancy and

                           calling time.

We humans are fundamental particles of nature, a

                        mere collection,

    the unsustainable rate at which we plunder

                           is a crime,

           is this the final preparation before

                           our rejection?

       But we will not be able to establish yet or

                             self sustain,

   colonies in space for approximately 100 years

                               at least,

 therefore we should be so careful in this period

                              and refrain

from our continued aggressive behaviour, it should

                                be ceased.

Coupled with the fast pace of technological growth we

                            may obliterate

      ourselves by nuclear or biological war and our

                            impending doom,

for all nations to form one world government’s too late,

                                     our fate

is becoming increasingly precarious, may this planet not become

                                        our tomb.

The development of Artificial Intelligence could spell

                                     the end,

           the daunting challenge for us is two fold as

                                      we create,

technology to enable us to leave our earth behind and

                                 to ascend,

              the peril that may be unleashed as

                               A.I.mutates.

We’re already developing battlefield robots to make the

                            killing decision,

     without the need for humans being involved in

                                  the loop,

how long before a thinking machine masters and has

                                the vision

to become self protective and leave humankind out of

                                its group.

         So depart we must with this current rise

                               in robotics

           as humans we are limited by our slow

                      biological evolution,

         we are responsible for creating the demise

                             of antibiotics

              and our hopeless ability to end

                          our pollution.

     Let us hope we have time enough for science

                               to achieve,

 the ability for our species to escape this world and

                               to address,

    the daunting challenge ahead of us as we plan

                                    to leave.

The countdown’s started, Farewell Mother Earth, sorry for

                                     the mess.’

The Devil in The Deep Blue Sea

Bottle

The water lapped gently at the gold shoreline

    sparkling as the sun lit it’s surface,

       the sand was washed, it was soft and fine,

          as they stood in Summer’s warm embrace.

The seabirds swirled in the breeze above their heads,

    silhouetted against the azure blue of the sky,

      the waves spread seaweed out like threads

          washing strands ashore, where it was left to dry.

It was an idyllic scene and a perfect day

    as they stood together, hand in hand

        in the warm air, just beyond the sea spray

           with their bare feet in the soft yellow sand.

But here lurked an invader that lived in the sea

    that was challenging nature with its size,

        it lured in creatures, that sheltered secretly

           out of the sight of large predator’s eyes.

Mussels, anemones, clams and seaweed

    gathered in the depths by this enemy,

        innocently together, as they came to feed,

            on this ominous foe with its coat of debris.

This adversary though, did not itself decide,

    to violate the ocean and take control,

       as it lethally spread itself in the tide,

          it had no motive or clandestine goal.

Trapped in a vortex, in the ocean’s waves

    swaths of plastic spun, where the winds converge

       circling and menacing, the blameless it enslaves

           with its evil grasp, to then submerge

into the depths like pepper in a stew

     in the water column, it hung suspended,

         increasing in size, this monster grew,

              its lethal reach becoming extended,

as another refuge truck of plastic is dumped.

    And every minute of every single day,

        into the sea it’s thoughtlessly pumped

             and soon it will outweigh

the fish population in a matter of years.

     Our shameless disposal of our disgusting waste

         should bring all of humankind to tears

               and for our negligence, we should be disgraced.

Our irresponsible, rabid, plastic consumption

      on our health, is having an impact,

          but we carry on polluting with our stupid assumption

              there is no problem, let’s not overreact!

Every piece of plastic that’s ever been made

     since the early nineteenth century’s still here,

         do we not think that we have totally betrayed

             our planet that we should all hold so dear?

And now it has entered our very food chain

     we should all be filled with concern,

        as we are now consuming fish that contain

             plastic and we’re at the point of no return.

The world’s oceans are drowning in our waste,

     do we think that this will all disappear,

          this is a problem that we have never faced

              and it will be here for hundreds of years.

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even heart disease

     can be caused by plastic in our meals,

          as we continue unabated to pollute the blue seas

               this sickening dilemma relentlessly steals

our paradise that we are here to safeguard.

     Over ninety percent of seabirds, have in their gut

          plastic from our watery junk yard,

               we must stop our addiction to plastic now,

                                but

the greatest threat to our planet is our belief

     that someone else will save it,

         will we watch it all through the tears of grief

                and as guardians we are so unfit.

Their empty bottle lay on the wave lapped scree

     as they turned to leave the gold sands,

         the sky was blue above the turquoise sea

                and they’d finished topping up their tans.

Just one little bottle won’t make any odds

    is probably what they were thinking,

        let’s face it, it’s in the lap of the gods

              and they left paradise unblinking!