A Poem for Wildlife Populations

New writing prompt, dear friends! 🖋️

Thomas Gaudex
Scribe
Published in
3 min readOct 15, 2022

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Dear Reader,

I hope you’re doing well and that you’ve found some tasty reads this week on Scribe. The last writing prompt was back in July, so I want to do it again today! You may have heard about it, but WWF’s Living Planet report 2022 was released a few days ago. As you might have expected, the news is not good: the report reveals a devastating 69% decline in vertebrate wildlife populations in less than fifty years. You know me, this saddens me and makes me want to do something about it.

As it is still about writing and poetry around here, I thought I’d offer you a little writing prompt that simply consists of writing a poem, in verse or prose, for wildlife populations. It will be a way to think about the animals that suffer while trying to raise awareness through your words.

My little finger tells me that some brilliant writers and sensitive to nature, like Caroline Mellor, Erika Burkhalter, Connie Song, Deborah Barchi, Lynne Nardizzi, Louise Foerster, and many others will be able to find some poetic flights of fancy for wildlife populations and biodiversity.

As always, this is how it will work: submit your poem with the subheading “Scribe Writing Prompt: A Poem for Wildlife Populations and I will publish them regularly up to and including November 10, before collecting the poems into a collection I will share in the November 12 newsletter. It’s time to have a thought for the wilderness!

This week on Scribe, I had the great pleasure to welcome the first piece of Ginger Cook, a writer thanks to whom I often laugh and whom I find very pleasant to read. She offered us a poem about love, of course! Go read some of the stories on her profile, it’s impossible that you won’t have a great and funny time! Deborah Barchi crafted a poem that begins with these wonderful lines: Awakening in a moon-flooded room / stepping with naked feet into the silver light / feeling simultaneously ancient and young… Awakening in a Moon-flooded Room. A marble, a rock, and a wonderful poem with incredible imagery: Jonah Lightwhale has given us a new gem with his poem, It Makes Us Happy the Misinterpretation of Light. I let you discover the other texts in the weekly digest!

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Thomas Gaudex
Scribe

Writer. Dreamer. Editor of Scribe. Boost Nominator. Literature and Nature help me breathe. thomasgaudex@pm.me