Poem Poisoned Talk: Meaning, Themes, Moral Values and Moral Lesson
Who killed cock robin?
The person wanted to know who killed the cock robin (a male bird)
I, said the worm
I did him great harm.
The worm admitted that it killed the bird in a cruel way
He died on the branch of a withered tree
The robin died on a tree that was weak and dying
From the acid soil that poisoned me.
The acid soil was toxic and the worm was affected. The bird was affected too after eating the worm.
Who killed the heron?
The person wanted to know who killed the heron (a bird that feeds on fish)
I, mouthed the fish,
With my tainted flesh
The fish confessed that it killed the bird because the fish was already poisoned or polluted.
I killed tern, duck and drake,
All the birds of the lake.
In fact, the birds that fed on the fish in the lake died because of the poisoned flesh of the fish.
Who killed the lake?
The person wanted to know who killed/destroyed the lake.
I, boasted Industry,
The lake was destroyed by the industry around it
I poisoned with mercury
Fish, plant and weed
Note: Mercury is an industrial waste that is released into the water. This toxic waste killed the fish, plant and weed in the lake
To pamper men’s greed.
To please people who were greedy and selfish, not caring about the environment.
Who killed the flowers?
The person wanted to know who killed/destroyed the flowers
I, moaned the wind,
I prowled unconfined,
Blowing acid rain
The wind sadly admitted that it blew acid rain all over the place, without any control
Over field, flood and fen.
Acid rain destroyed the plants and trees, affected the water and wetland too.
Who killed the forest?
The person wanted to know who killed/destroyed the forest
I ensured that it died,
Said sulphur dioxide.
The forest was destroyed by sulphur dioxide (gas or liquid from the industrial processes and the burning of coal & petroleum. It dissolves in water to form acid and is harmful to plants and animals.)
And all life within it,
From earthworm to linnet
Sulphur dioxide destroyed all the creatures in the forest, including the worm and the linnet (small bird).
Destruction of the environment and the wildlife
Industries lead to destruction
Development versus environment
Crime against nature
Man’s greed versus nature
Love and care
We should protect our environment
We should be kind and protect plants and animals
Save our environment