What time of the night it was I can not remember, but the cold which engulfed the house made me recoil into the solitude of my room. The darkness of the night struck like lightening as the rain poured heavily on the roof. My heart skipped noisily with each beat seeming to have fallen out of place with a loud thud that made me shiver almost out of my skin.

For once I thought: would this rain swallow up the house tonight? Would my birds get blown away by the wind into a strange planet where they would never really survive? Would the sea rise above its level till it breaks over and drown us all? Would earth be here when the rain is over tonight? And I pondered intensely on these passing questions as my mind raced hastily from imaginations to reality.

As I clutched my pillow to the almost warm side of my bed, for the very first time, I felt the vulnerability of nature.

I felt how nature must feel when we burn forests and kill wild life without care for their ecological impacts. I felt how nature must feel when we dump loads of wastes in the way of flowing streams without fear of an imminent flood. I felt how nature must feel when we cut down trees without plans of replacing them. I felt how nature must feel when we release in the air, very toxic substances from the  plants and machines in our industries all in the  frantic race to survive. I felt deep within me, the VULNERABILITY of NATURE!

If there is any vestige of love in us, if there is a heart that truly cares deep in us, if we have hands that help and conscience that prickles, we  will feel the vulnerability of nature and give our voices to save earth.

We will go to streets and schools, we will go to churches and mosques and temples in other places of worship, we will go to banks, other companies and eateries in our communities and  ask help for our environment.

We will tell our kids and everyone to stop littering the environment with papers, satchets and other thrash. We will tell our fathers, brothers and everyone to stop cutting trees without saving for the future. We will help our women to stop cooking with solid fuels and adopt clean cook stoves. We will demand our governments to implement eco-friendly policies and take actions on climate. We will tell our oil companies to stop flaring gas and polluting the atmosphere.

We will move and encourage ourselves to feel the vulnerability of nature because, when we push this earth to her limits, we would have clearly defined and activated our own doom!


2 thoughts on “VULNERABLE

  1. Abikoye February 22, 2016 / 12:33 am

    Public awareness in Nigeria as well as other countries about the environment cannot be overemphasised.

    Nature is to be respected just the same way we respect our bodies. And even if nature can cure itself, we have become so careless to create so much hurdle in the path of nature, it is impossible for nature to cure itself.

    The sad part of it is, we all get to suffer immeasurably when nature revolts.

    I like this piece. In my humble opinion, it draws the reader into the mind of the writer to vividly create an imagination of exactly that which nature feels.

    I hope to read more of nature from you and I sincerely plead that plans be made from grassroot as an outreach to create awareness that a lot of ills faced by the environment can be avoided on a first hand basis.

    Cheers Ayomide.

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