Response to Fire and Ice


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This is a response poem–an answer back to Robert Frost’s poem that I used as an example in Meeting the Bar at dVerse Poets’ Pub. It’s a fun exercise you might want to try some time when nothing seems to be happening with your muse. Choose a poem and respond to the poet. That’s all there is to it.

Response to Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice
By Robert Frost

Some say the world
will end in fire.
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice
I think I know enough of hate
to say that for destruction ice
is also great
and would suffice.

What Do You Say, Robert?
By Victoria Ceretto-Slotto

I think the world will slowly expire,
no need for ice, nor even fire.
I fear Mother Earth will die of neglect,
with a whimper, a sigh
I suspect
she will quietly
die.

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25 thoughts on “Response to Fire and Ice

  1. Well written response to Mr. Frost, but I do hope you’re wrong! I hope the earth and her inhabitants are as miraculous and resilient as I imagine them to be. (It’s nice over her in Lorna’s World.) ;)

  2. what a powerful one, superb job.

    Greetings:

    Merry Christmas,
    Thanks for serving Jingle Poetry Community,
    Stay Blessed,
    Have fun!
    Cheers.

    Come to our poetry party today, have fun sharing.
    Morning..
    xoxox

  3. ayala says:

    Merry Christmas, Victoria.

  4. brian miller says:

    whoa…you changed the look of you blog…merry christmas victoria!

  5. zongrik says:

    mother earth won’t die of neglect. mother earth can take care of herself. mother earth can destroy us with ice and fire. we are just destroying our home.

    • yoga-adan says:

      i lean that way too…

      though the collective we doing the destruction doesn’t have much say nor know much in non-debatable facts to pressure changes, yet… ;-)

      best wishes, happy holidays!

  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    P.S. – Nice adjustment to your theme. Beautiful. I could gaze on it forever. Well done matching to you website and book.

  7. Jamie Dedes says:

    Sadly, Victoria, I think you are right …

    Until then, many many blessings. Thanks for sharing your warm spirit here.

    Merry Christmas and a very, very Happy New Year.
    Jamie

  8. Lindy Lee says:

    I agree with all writers above and here lies my input below:

    http://poeticlicensee.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/bee-dependen/

  9. I think our relationship with the Earth is dying. The preveiling winds debase humanity as evil and destructive; we act accordingly, destroying and polluting as a guilty pleasure to be traded between nations. -Q

  10. claudia says:

    oh i would hate a quiet dying of the earth victoria.. it’s even more cruel than dying through fire and ice.. and our beautiful planet haven’t deserved it at all…and the cruelest thing is..i think you are right…and it gives me goosebumps..

  11. What a good idea to respond in kind to a well-loved poem. I think your predictions are sadly very likely to prove true.

  12. yoga-adan says:

    what a neat idea!

    don’t agree with the response, but then that’s why we have such a huge variety of possibilities in poetry ;-)

    i don’t believe the earth will die quietly

    i don’t how, or when

    but momma earth’s been through a lot of changes getting to where she’s at now, and further changes she will cope with anew ( though we might not like them all )

    may we mend our intentional and unintentional meddlings with our earthly paradise

    happy holidays, and best wishes ;-)

  13. David King says:

    Alas, I think you may well be right.
    If there’s still time, though, have a really great holiday
    and, as Dave Allen used to say,
    “May your God go with you!”

  14. vivinfrance says:

    You are probably right, Victoria, though the way rioters set fire to shops, vehicles and homes, and the large number of earthquakes we’ve seen this year, could lean the other way.

  15. Bodhirose says:

    Cool idea and I like your response. I think the Earth is dying by denial–wide-open-eyes-watching-it-happen denial and neglect.

  16. Ravenblack says:

    Neglect or over strained by us. It will die when no one takes notice, so I think I agree with you: the earth might die quietly.

  17. kaykuala says:

    Mother earth is forgiving.Waiting to extend goodness to man on earth. But we not waiting for destruction. We destroy ourselves. The green house effect,war and destruction.the tendency of religious conflicts. It is our choice,really!

    Hank

  18. Mama Zen says:

    Well done! Powerful statement with this one.

  19. tinkwelborn says:

    Well, indeed a contrasting view. ; )
    not only a contrast in views, but there’s even a contrast in the rhythm of the two poems:

    well, rats…posting the scansion of both poems, looses the highlighting and embolding.
    but there is a difference.

    Nice Job. I like you poem.

  20. brian miller says:

    oh goodness…how sad…yes i think she just might die of neglect as well…nice eco answer victoria…

  21. hedgewitch says:

    Sad and resonant response, Victoria. Some days I think so too–then I think She is a lot stronger than we are and will make it in the end. Loved your prompt, and all the poetry it inspired, and hope you and yours have a most happy holiday.

  22. munchow says:

    I think you wrote a strong response poem. And like Mary I think you are right. If we human beings don’t come to our senses – and soon – this earth will slowly die, long before ice or fire will end it all. On that note I wish you a Merry Christmas!

  23. Heaven says:

    A nice technique…thanks for sharing this. I agree with you on the state of mother earth..she will die quietly.

    Wishing you Happy Holidays ~

  24. Mary says:

    Victoria, I think you are right. Earth will quietly die in the same that we will die,. slowly, hardly noticed until the VERY end that then humankind will wonder why they didn’t notice, didn’t take heed. So much to think about with your words.

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