Dear Human,

I saw you at your birth, your first cry echoed within me.

I carried you, fed you, clothed you and sheltered you.

From generation to generation I have been your home. Yet you pay me back with cruelty.

I once wore flamboyant elegance – a gown that you have torn apart, stripping me naked; stripping me of my pride and beauty. The forests that you cleared for your urbanization. Oh!  My vegetative gown. My golden crown, that gives you light at day. My sparkling eyes, that light up the night sky.

I have been patient with you, hoping against hope that you will rekindle our love. But now I must accept that I’m a hopeless romantic, holding on to memories like fumes of smoke from dying flames.

You have tainted me with plastic, paper and fossil fuels from your vehicles and factories. I know you need these, but a little kindness would do.

You are master over all creation yet you consider no one but yourself. I gave you dodos, passenger pigeons, mammoths, you name it! But your forefathers paved way for their extinction, just as you are doing to other creatures.

I’m in deep distress!

My tears you call storms, my rage you call tsunamis, landslides and fires. In my distress I quiver, and you call it an earthquake. Because of your selfish choices, I’m now like an enemy to you.

If you could only rekindle our love, dress me up again in my gown of elegance– my vegetation. Reforest, and rid me of the waste you have suffocated me with, reduce, reuse and recycle.

With love –

Earth

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9 months ago

This story contains a poignancy which tugs at the heart. An innocence comes through in Earth’s sadness toward us, her children. Describing natural disasters through emotions? Beautiful!

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
9 months ago

Incredible. A love letter like no other. A heartfelt plea. Your writing is beautiful and your approach to the subject very moving. It’s a joy to see your second story. You already seem like a vital part of our group. Thank you, Jedidiah, for your talent and commitment to environmental health.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
9 months ago

Wow! I was stunned by this story. It is packed with everything we need to hear about climate change. It is a unique and unparalleled letter of love and pleading. My heart is bleeding. The world is pitiful. Despite all she has given and her kindness to us, we have only returned blasphemy. Hopefully, everyone will realize and rekindle its love, and people will redress the earth to bring back its elegance. A well-written piece. Good job, Jedidiah.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
9 months ago
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You’re welcome, Jedidiah.

Lotchie Carmelo
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9 months ago



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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
9 months ago

Jedidiah, your story is so inspiring and so heart-breaking. Thank you for writing straight from your heart, and welcome to Voice Club. Here’s a letter back to our dear Mother.

Dear Mother Earth – We are embarrassed and ashamed of how we have treated you. If you will give us another chance, we will change our ways. We will plant trees. We will be satisfied by fulfilling our needs, not all of our desires. We will appreciate beauty, and live in harmony with nature. We will learn humility and embrace simplicity. Just please, give us one more chance.

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Chris
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9 months ago

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
9 months ago

What a unique take on the prompt Jedidiah. My favourite paragraph began with ‘My tears you call storms’, that was absolutely brilliant. A story that said it all and so well written.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
9 months ago

Hi Jedediah and welcome to Voice club. This is a fantastic story, and one of the best interpretations of the prompt that I’ve read so far. I think you’ve captured the ‘feelings’ of Earth so well. I can truly imagine her wanting to say these things to us. Very well done. Brilliant story that will stay with me. I also love the picture you have chosen for your story; very appropriate.

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
9 months ago

Congratulations on a double win, Jedidiah – Third Place in public voting and selected Finalist by the Voice Club staff. This is really a lovely, heart-wrenching story. It should be required reading in schools and especially in companies with large carbon footprints.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
9 months ago

Congratulation on your win, Jedidiah. You did it very well. I am happy for you.

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Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago
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You’re most welcome, Jedidiah.

Chris
Chris(@chris)
8 months ago

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