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Glaciers are Weeping

For thousands of years, ice giants were sleeping.
But now, these dense “blue ice” glaciers are weeping.
Warnings that in many ways bear repeating.
Global climate change speeds glaciers’ retreating.

In Alaska and Glacier National Park,
The melting of ancient glacial ice is stark.
Half the world’s glaciers – in Land of Midnight Sun*, 
But in Glacier NP**, soon there will be none.

Years hence, will Alaska have any at all?
Loss of these ice bodies a clear wake-up call.
Value majestic Alaska, like Seward***?
Care for glaciers; each of us a good steward?

Alaska’s Exit Glacier – leaving for good?
Will black stone stand where Blackstone Glacier once stood?
In Montana, Blackfoot Glacier shrinks each day.
The other twenty-four headed the same way.

Glaciers’ demise may get more than them crying.
Their loss may mean earth’s human life is dying.
Glacial and polar ice death no mystery;
If we do nothing, glaciers are history.
Signed, Saddened for the Sobbing, Shrinking Glaciers


* Alaska is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun.
** National Park is often abbreviated “NP”.
*** Then U.S. Secretary of State, William H. Seward, negotiated the United States’ purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.

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Date: 5/25/2018 11:54:00 PM
You...dear Bartholomew...are a poet in the true sense of what a poet is. Your poems have such meaning and cause one to stop and ponder. Such powerful messages you bring. I look forward to your next poem. Sincerely, Elaine
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Date: 5/27/2018 11:55:00 PM
Elaine, thank you so much for your sincere compliments on my work (a labor of love, really)!! I truly appreciate you taking the time to really read my poems and provide such encouraging, thoughtful, and kind comments. Thank you again. I will read some more of your poetry soon, as I have truly enjoyed and admired what I have read so far. All my very best to you, my friend! :) Bartholomew
Date: 1/3/2018 4:32:00 PM
Just seeing this now, Bartholomew. This is such an important issue. I don't get the climate change denial at all. Thanks for writing this.
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Date: 1/3/2018 5:43:00 PM
You're welcome. Thanks for commenting. I also don't get the denials. The scientific data, observable evidence, and all other credible indicators are crystal clear: our planet is heating up significantly. Anyone who truly cares about Earth and the world we’re leaving to our children, grandchildren, etc. ought to be concerned and try to do positive things to improve the situation. Thanks for caring!
Date: 12/4/2017 11:47:00 PM
Finally read your reply to my comment. Thanks, Bartholomew.
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Date: 12/2/2017 7:49:00 PM
and yet I still have a staunch Trump supporter friend who claims false news is making up stories on global warming and that supposedly scientists are lying about this stuff so they can get the Americans to pay all kinds of money into it! But isn't it seen with the naked eye what is happening to these glaciers. I just don't get it. How people can say it's all made up! I enjoyed your poem, Bartholomew.
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Date: 12/3/2017 8:35:00 PM
I wrote this poem the day (6/1) Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. I believe in every word I wrote, and wrote it as a protest poem. Be assured that sound environmental stewardship is a core value of true conservatives, who believe in (among many other principles) conserving and preserving our environment for us and future generations.
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Date: 12/3/2017 8:26:00 PM
The sad thing is that caring about, and being good stewards of, the environment used to be for many, many decades a core value of U.S. conservatives (e.g., Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Nixon, Ford), which are in harmony in my view. That changed about 35-40 years ago, unfortunately. Please remember that many conservatives didn’t and don’t support Trump.
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Date: 12/3/2017 8:13:00 PM
Thanks so much, Andrea, for coming back to read my poem! :) I truly appreciate it. There is a mountain of scientific data/evidence showing our world is undeniably heating up. The only real questions now are: 1) is it bad (I believe it is), 2) what is causing it (I believe the main cause is human activity), and 3) what can and should be done about it?
Date: 7/15/2017 6:12:00 PM
Facing this is almost overwhelming! You wrote it so well.
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Date: 7/16/2017 6:28:00 PM
I agree that this is a pretty sobering subject. Thank you very much, Sunlite Wanter, for taking the time and care to leave a positive comment. I appreciate it. All my best to you! :) Bartholomew
Date: 7/4/2017 9:36:00 AM
This is a poignant poem.
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Date: 7/4/2017 4:00:00 PM
Thank you very much, Alex, for your thoughtful comment. Best wishes to you. :) Bartholomew
Date: 6/30/2017 8:45:00 PM
Beautifully penned poem on an issue dear to my heart ... very creative and superbly phrased - loved it! Congrats on number one, Bartholomew! :-)
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Date: 6/30/2017 10:06:00 PM
Thank you very much, Greg! I am grateful for your positive words and support. I really like your new poem, "Firm Family." Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment on my poem! All my best, :) Bartholomew
Date: 6/29/2017 10:51:00 PM
An awesome poem on this issue. I wish this poem gets an exposure it deserves. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 6/30/2017 10:11:00 PM
Afzal, thanks so much for your uplifting words! I sincerely appreciate your positive comments. I like your verse poem, Morning Delight. It was a pleasure to read! You have my very best wishes. Bartholomew :)
Date: 6/29/2017 7:51:00 PM
Bartholomew, this was definitely one of my favorites! I have seen this glacier reduction first hand, having hiked the same Alaskan glacier twice. Congrats on you win in my contest!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 6/30/2017 10:12:00 PM
Your welcome! It was well written and thought provoking!
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Date: 6/30/2017 10:02:00 PM
Thank you very much, Kim! I appreciate your kind, supportive words and that you can personally relate to this unfortunate tragedy happening before our eyes. Thanks so much for sponsoring the Landscapes contest and helping my poem get some good visibility. :) Bartholomew