Ain't No Ninny

Where Creativity and Everyday Life Collide

Poem A Day Challenge – Day 5



Keep This Earth Clean

To drive or not to drive, that is the question.

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer

the hundred-degree heat in a cooled auto

or to take public transportation and,

in so doing, save energy. To drive

no more; and walk the street to say we end

the gas wars, and the thousand years of drilling

the Earth has endured: ‘tis a consummation

devoutly to be wished. To drive the street;

to ride, perchance to fly– ay, there’s the rub:

for in the streets of death what dreams may come,

when we have shuffled off engines of oil

must give us pause – there’s the respect

that makes calamity of a life so driven.

(A shameless riff on Hamlet’s soliloquy)


Author: aintnoninny

I write poetry and fiction; create doodle art; do genealogical research; take photographs of the world around me; think about odd things; hike the red rocks; and obsess on food.

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