Earth peoples dreaming love
and peace finesse to savour,
come drizzle this:
Deep thoughts silently summoned
Rallentando time to wonder
Inner depths rippling glissandi
Zero-carbon electricity buzz
Zephyrs whispering clean techno jazz
Longed for fruits of planning revival
Eros sighs earth songs of pleasure.
The idea to ‘drizzle’ came from Mish at dVerse Poets Pub who hosted Monday’s Quadrille prompt.
before our eyes:
balloons of hope
caring for people
caring for earth and air,
snatched by a musty wind,
a cyber cloud
of speech bubbles,
A fog of sound bites,
a century-old system
A quadrille for dVerse Poets Pub (balloon). I wrote this poem after reading about President Trump’s plans to dismantle Clean Power Plan regulations and to reverse other measures to reduce carbon emissions. One article about this can be found at The Washington Post website.
Sixty minutes to
remember from where we came,
fires in the night
Tonight millions of people worldwide are shutting off their lights for one hour—a gesture to inspire contemplation of our addiction to electricity, of the polluting energies used to fuel electricity, and of our impact on Earth’s land, air, and waters.
These are possible interpretations for Earth Hour. I would love to hear yours.
they hide in plastic tubs
to stabilize, emulsify
Meet mono-glycerides and diglycerides a couple of many food additives that I had been ignoring. Now they scream at me from plastic packaging that I am trying to avoid buying. They are listed everywhere—on plastic bags holding breads and buns; and on plastic tubs bearing sour cream, ice cream, margarine, and so on.
Apparently the glycerides facilitate the union of fat with water-based substances and promote chemical stability.
These chemicals are two of many palm oil derivatives that I now want to avoid entirely. It’s my personal resistance to our destruction of tropical forests to make way for palm oil plantations. I have resisted food additives for health reasons over the years but counter forces have been strong. Now my awareness of how much our food (and cosmetics) industry depends on a crop that is rarely grown sustainably (to say the least) gives me renewed energy to say “no”.
Another awareness that I recently gleaned (and presumably it’s true) is that mono and diglycerides are hidden sources of trans fats but for some reason escape labeling as trans fatty acids. So for example, if you buy a tub of sour cream that says it contains zero trans fats, you may be deceived if the sour cream is one of the brands containing mono or diglycerides.
A frozen dessert
commonly known as ‘ice cream’—
Most of us know that our food is packed with hidden preservatives and magic chemicals to create just the right flavors and textures. PALM OIL recently came to my attention. Did you know that about 50% of packaged supermarket items contain palm oil or a derivative? It’s the derivative part that catches you if you want to avoid palm oil as there are many chemicals out there that are usually made of palm oil (such as propylene glycol). There are several lists of palm oil derivatives on the internet—one is provided by Palm Oil Investigations.
Another key fact (besides the prevalence of palm oil derivatives) is that global production of palm oil doubled over the last 10 years. It seems to be used in all kinds of products. Palm oil trees are typically grown on large plantations which are established after clearing tropical forests, often with fire. These massive clearings destroy animal and human habitats (homes of orangutans, elephants, tigers and rhinos, for example) and seriously reduce the planet’s ability to absorb CO2.