By Ashlee

I was inspired to write this poem recently since I have been taking a course in nature literature that really makes me think about how different the world is now from a hundred years ago.

“Manmade”

We pound a created ground

Walking on rubber treads

And cloth soles

Stay out of the snow

And off of the grass

From inside the car

Up the concrete path

To inside the insulated building

We feel the sanded and smooth

Not the ancient and rough

Nothing old, only new

Separated from creation

Connected to the created

Companion Poem: “A Brook in the City” by Robert Frost

The farmhouse lingers, though averse to square
With the new city street it has to wear
A number in. But what about the brook
That held the house as in an elbow-crook?
I ask as one who knew the brook, its strength
And impulse, having dipped a finger length
And made it leap my knuckle, having tossed
A flower to try its currents where they crossed.
The meadow grass could be cemented down
From growing under pavements of a town;
The apple trees be sent to hearth-stone flame.
Is water wood to serve a brook the same?
How else dispose of an immortal force
No longer needed? Staunch it at its source
With cinder loads dumped down? The brook was thrown
Deep in a sewer dungeon under stone
In fetid darkness still to live and run —
And all for nothing it had ever done
Except forget to go in fear perhaps.
No one would know except for ancient maps
That such a brook ran water. But I wonder
If from its being kept forever under,
The thoughts may not have risen that so keep
This new-built city from both work and sleep.

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