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Gaia – Four Levels of Interactions | Flax-Golden Tales
Gaia – Shreedhar Lohani, Nepal (1944-)
Gaia is the Greek Goddess for the earth. Therefore it is a symbol of earth. The climate of the earth has been badly changed because of bad human activities. The withered palm shows that there is rapid deforestation. Because of deforestation, hot wind blows and there is unusual rainfall. Because of the hot wind, there is the increment in the temperature. Mountain peaks are melting and now they have an irregular shape. The sea is not a clam. As the mountains melt, the water level rises and hits on the rocks on the shore.
Time is like a hunting bird which pounces upon the world as a prey. The wind, the rain, the sea, the mountain and the time are against the Earth. We are living in the house, that is the Earth, Gaia. But it is not in good condition. There is pollution and people are suffering from hunger, unrest, and disorder. In spite of such condition, the gentle, feminine and nurturing Earth tolerates everything and excuses the human beings as a mother excuses he child.
The poem is trying to that human beings are careless in their activities. They are creating a number of problems in the environment. Lohani says that the Earth is in pain but yet she endures. Because of the reckless activities of humans, the wind, the rain, the sea, the mountain and the time are against Gaia. The poet is also indirectly warning that if humankind continues to exploit the earth carelessly, Gaia may strike back.
Although the poem gives a precise and real picture of the earth, there are still some points in the poem with which I don’t agree. It is said that if humankind continues to exploit the earth carelessly, Gaia may strike back. Does the earth ever react like human beings? I don’t agree with him at this point. The poet talks only the negative aspects of the earth. The poet is silent about the green forest, snow-covered mountains, drizzle, and breeze. There are not only the bad people who are creating a number of problems in the environment. There are also sane people who are on the way of a forestation and saving the environment. But the poet is silent about that.
After reading the poem, I came to understand that the earth is in pain and miserable condition. Human beings are careless in their activities. They are creating a number of problems in the environment. After reading this poem, I learned a lesson about the importance of earth. Before reading the poem, I used to cut many trees. I was on the way of deforestation. But now I have understood the value of trees. I have determined to conduct many awareness programmes to stop from spoiling the earth. In this way, the poem has strengthened my opinion about the earth.
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