The Heavy Hand of Man

Before the world
Knew how to die,
The earth was ageless
Like the sky;
It knew no grief
And had no fear
Of pain or death
Or sorrows near.
And then one day
Mankind was born –
A seed was planted
On that morn –
A warning spread
Throughout the land:
Beware the heavy
Hand of Man.
For when he came
He did not see
The beauty and
The purity;
He sought to take
And never give,
He sought to kill
Instead of live.
And when the first
Sad creature died,
A shadow to the
Earth was tied;
A darkness rose
From deep within –
The birth of
Unremitting sin.

ยฉ Sonya Annita Song

112 thoughts on “The Heavy Hand of Man

    1. Aww thank you. I missed my WP community. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Speaks volumes about of the times we live in… ravaging nature. Beautiful and powerful!

    1. Thank you for interpreting my words with clarity and insight. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wow this is great! I love it. Moves so smoothly. Not a ripple in it. โค๐Ÿ‘

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’œ

      1. ๐ŸŒผโค๐ŸŒธ

  3. Uhm…some contemplation. Beautifully written.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Anytime Sonya…it’s always you to thank for always thinking beautifully ๐Ÿ’ฎ

        1. You have beautiful thoughts as well. Coming over to visit them now. ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Always welcome… flattering

  4. โ€œThe earth was agelessโ€จLike the sky;โ€ Never dies!

  5. So true,indeed speaks volumes about time!
    Really beautifully written. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Piece ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

      1. Follow my site got interesting pieces ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

        1. Please send me a link. The default one tied to your avatar name,, doesn’t seem to be active.


  7. Excellent and so true.

  8. Wonderfully true and beautiful!!

    1. Many thanks for your kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Well done indeed

    1. I’m glad you thought so. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Brilliant! It flows so effortlessly! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m glad it didn’t feel too heavy-handed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. That’s very kind of you! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Very nice! And with such an important thought.

    1. You seem well attuned to nature and the plight of man.

  12. Beautiful words about an ugly truth.

    1. An ugly truth that hopefully has a solution.

      1. ๐Ÿ™

  13. So much truth and power in this poem. I love it very much!

    1. I’m very glad you feel that way. Thank you so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Beautiful! I have missed you here on WordPress… itโ€™s good to read you again ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you. That’s very sweet of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I agree with the negligence and exploitation bits. Tragic. But not Original Sin.

    1. No, definitely not original sin. Purely metaphorically speaking in terms of man’s effects on nature and the environment.

  16. Well said, Sonya. Especially loved the following verses:
    “Beware the heavy / Hand of Man. / For when he came / He did not see / The beauty and / The purity;”

    And now, we must pay the price for our “unremitting sin.”

    1. And what a heavy price that is for the entire world to bear.

  17. but also the birth of hope…

    1. What a beautiful twist. Love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Your avatar name is rather appropriate for you to like this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. HAHA! Took me a minute. I always forget thatโ€™s my avatar name but youโ€™re right, lol, itโ€™s very much me

  18. whenmarsmetsaturn February 18, 2019 — 2:34 pm

    I hear a cat with a tiger’s roar!

      1. whenmarsmetsaturn February 18, 2019 — 8:47 pm

        What immortal hand or eye,ย 
        Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

        1. And when thy heart began to beat,
          What dread hand? & what dread feet?

          William Blake took poetic licence with the hands and feet, but I can see why. “What dread paw? & what dread paw?” doesn’t have the same impact.

          1. whenmarsmetsaturn February 18, 2019 — 9:18 pm

            Hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ paws do lack the same dread factor as hands and feet in one’s imagination… I, for one, am suddenly warming up to what dread paw (x2) Repeating phrases over and over again gives it an ancient flavour as well

            1. Most definitely. And put some claws on those paws, and they do become dreadful. ๐Ÿ™‚

              1. whenmarsmetsaturn February 18, 2019 — 10:14 pm

                Indeed, my scars can attest! The heavy hand of man might bribe the judge though. This post truth world may become a place of claws that are most gentle and soothing.

                1. Padded paws with sharpened claws make for fewer future flaws.

  19. Beautiful piece. I think I realize you have been away. haven’t been seeing your poems. Welcome back.

    1. Thank you. It’s always nice to come home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Terribly good, terribly true! You write very well, as ever.

    1. Thank you, Antonia. You are always very kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I’ve always liked your comments too.

  21. Powerful. Thank you for writing this.

    1. And thank you for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I think this is superb, and deserves to be widely read. Thank you.

    1. That’s very kind of you. Thank you for your lovely words. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  23. I really enjoyed reading it aloud๐Ÿ˜€.

    Awesome stuff

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  24. Wow!! ๐Ÿ˜ŠBtw,thanks for liking my post…. means a lot coming from such a talented poet.

    1. It is my pleasure to read your work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Wow…This is absolutely beautifully composed! Love the rhymes and flow!

    1. Thank you for bringing beauty to my words. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒน

      1. Awww ๐Ÿฅฐ…
        The words you write are rich in Beauty ๐ŸŒธ
        Like Fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ Ignited,
        It inspired me to write a comment which enhanced the Beauty ๐ŸŒธwithin your Words

  26. This could be turned into a song, I love the melody it has to it ๐Ÿ™‚ Really well written!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  27. Fabulous. Bold. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒธ

  28. Imagine what we could do if we put our energy toward creating instead of destroying.

  29. tea leaves and typewriters February 21, 2019 — 5:55 pm

    Wow! The message of this poem and the rhyming/structure is faultless

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒธ

    1. Many kind thanks. Thank you for reading! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒธ

  30. This is a stellar. I so missed your poems.

  31. A well-crafted Song poem song!

  32. Very simple and direct! ๐Ÿ‘

      1. You are welcome!๐Ÿ˜Š

  33. Such a horrible truth expressed so beautifully.

    1. Ah yes, a horrible truth indeed.

  34. Wowwwwwww….

    1. I’m glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Sure did ๐Ÿ™‚

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