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Christian Climate Action were looking to capture moments of their Lent Vigil which they planned to hold in front of the UK Parliament. Their devotion to the cause moved me. On the first day I decided that I would like to contribute with something so to participate in their commitment. What follows below is the outcome. Here is #myphotolent2020.

day 01


Eh Oh take me

     by the hand,

Strong in solidarity

     we stand:

Pray for climate justice,

Pray for climate justice.

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day 02


In our quest to grow

We seem to have forgotten

Our true place amongst your creations.

Instead, we prefer destruction and chaos over harmony.

Not unlike self-centred children

Craving for attention.

Gracefully you take the full blunt of our unhappiness.

Please forgive us.
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day 03


There are signs that you,

Mother Earth,

Are struggling with our Inflammatory acts against you.

They are felt around the world.

Like a shock wave

They reach other communities

Other continents,

As we fail to understand

We are one body.

Like fingers belonging to one hand,

We belong to one earth.

And what we do to you,

We do to ourselves.

Please forgive us.

day 04


Everything, Everywhere, is You.

Ashes to ashes,

Stardust to stardust,

We are made of the same,

Eternal dance of particles,

Staying and going.

Ground control to Major Tom,

Everywhere is Everything.

So let us live as one,

As I want to be, Am

With you everywhere.


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day 05


You hold us high,

Put us ahead of all other creatures,

So to look after your creation.

Despite all your care,

Destroyer of worlds we became.

So you weep.

So much,

Rivers are swelling,

homes are lost.

Forgive us.

Responsible, accountable and sustainable

We shall learn to be.

day 06


But there are those who do care.

So few left though

With a profound respect for the land

And for all other living creatures.

They are gathering,


The primordial mission

given to human beings.

They are voicing their laments,

As too many violations.

So they are marching, and marching on,

To be heard.

And they make a stand.

And pray.

Like they never prayed before.

But too few listen, still.



day 07

High up they hold their colours

High up they hold their beliefs

Crusaders of peace

They march the streets

Taking humanity’s future

In hand

Before it may end

Sooner than planned

They pray day and night

Plea for the rest of us

To get it right

Let us all join

This plight

In might


day 08

All living creatures deserve a place

In your future

Mother Earth.

The children across ALL communities,

Deserve to build their future

On solid lush grounds

As generations before them did.

And not on barren soil

Scorched by the sun

Depleted of life

Or contaminated

With past toxic legacies.

Or seeing their toys, families

And livelihood flushed away.

Chose transformation over transmission.

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day 09

Mr Plastic, not Bertrand

More like Poly-something.

Like an eyesore

You have invaded Nature

And just hang

Hang with no aim, no purpose

No intend to create with reverence

Just to create with neglect,

Without love, no return.

Just hanging


For a millennium,

8,760,000 hours.

All that

For a single-use

Of maybe 1 hour.

How selfish of you!

Enough is enough.

Get out of here.


day 10



Are some of your names.

Common name: Plastic.

Since your birth, 1950s

8bn tonnes of you

Have spread worldwide

Most of you still here


In our Landfills



In Us.


We pick you up.

But all we can do.

Is to put you out of sight

Or re-use you

Transform you.

Flowers Blossoming in Vauxhall.

For a thousand years.

And you remain here. Intact.

But hope is here.


We may have found

A way to get rid of you


A bacterium that feeds on you.

A Pseudomonas.

We claim to have found

Our solution.

But the solution, Mother Nature

Is all yours.

As are all the solutions

To our problems.

Our power?

The power to look, to use

The power to do the right thing by You.


Inspired by the scientific article:

Toward Biorecycling: Isolation of a Soil Bacterium That Grows on a Polyurethane Oligomer and Monomer. Espinosa et al., Front. Microbiol., 27 March 2020.


What makes us human?

Our genetic code

Without a doubt.


We all heard of

The Human Genome Project.

Humans have been


Science facts.

Stretched out


From trillions

And trillions of cells

We are made of

Could go twice around

Our solar system.

But now they say

More than half is not us.

We are more microbe

Than human.


A Community

We are

We need

In us

So why not

Around us?


day 11

Day 12


Fauna or Flora

Two worlds


Not only with

Power-engine and fuel

But mostly with

The inside-outside



Don’t move


We do.


We are designed

To get up and go.

The birth of our brain

Was not to think or feel

But first to control movement,

So says Prof Daniel Wolpert.


And thanks to another chap


We know a few things

On motion.

His first law:

Unless we are acted upon

We don’t move.

Is that so? True.

A kick in the bud

Always got me going.

Spot on then.

So what will it take

To get all of us going

And sort out

The Biggest Crisis

In human’s history;

Climate Change.

Not another

Chicxulub, please.

Be gentle

With our awakening.


day 13

Human beings came to your world,

A world full of your living things.

For a while harmony reigned.

But humans were not content.

God like they wanted to be.

Creation of a new world, they went.

A world full of plastic things,

In numbers that surpass

Your living things.

Forgive our trespasses.

According to an EPA study conducted in conjunction with UN Task Force on Global Development Impact, consumer-product diversity now exceeds biodiversity. 



day 14

Your Gardens are full of

Living creatures

Our lives are filled

With things

And we all have somewhere

Small gardens of unattended things

Let us stop hoarding

And not be afraid

Let us be true to ourselves

Confront our wounds

We are trying so hard

To forget.

To our Unattended Gardens.


day 15

Where has our pursuit of wealth

taken us so far?

A total dependence

On fossil fuels

Depleting our precious

Savings we are.

When we so easily

Could survive on income alone.

Best employer without say

Our Sun.

Instead we have chosen

A road paved with bad intentions

With a time of fairness

Far Far Away

Forgive us



day 16

We can see the signs

And yet we do nothing.

We can see your distress

And yet we chose to ignore it.

But it has begun.

That inexorable path towards

Cascade failure

And system shutdown.

Let us act now

While we still can.

And be the change

We all want so to see.

Awaken us.


day 17

I come to you

Dressed in Amber

Autumn long passed

To present my plea.

I am so dressed and not in Green

As too many of my creatures

Are without a home,

All your doing.

I am so dressed and not in red

As it is not too late

For my burned pastures

To again go green.

There is only one home

Me, Earth.

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Day 18


Why choose a life in Amber?

Where life must clamber.

Chosen have you not

But let it unfold,

Have you.

Life in Amber

Like life on Mars

Should stay on Mars

And not infest

Our life in Blue and Green.

For that, Will, we need

And Love

Not just for others

But for oneself

First of all.


day 19

Spring is here

Showing us the beauty

Earth can be.

Even our city trees

Can shine

Against the blue sky.

In times most dire

When the earth stood still,

Came we to realise

How we

Have partaken

In the spread of dust

Found so much in the air.

Air we breathe

Air we need

Air we must,

Keep clean.



day 20

We have for generations

Worked our hardest

To contain you

In our glittering worlds

Of Glass and Steel.

Despite these efforts

You find your way back in

Through cracks

To re-take your rightful place.

So rather than living

In opposite worlds

We are learning

To reconcile our differences

In a harmonious

Mutual beneficial



day 21

Not all of us

Are profit driven

With the only intention

To rip you apart

And use each drop

To the last

To fill their bank account

And grow so large

Like the stomach

Of a Titanausor.

You showed us then,

This way of Life

Was not sustainable.

So without a doubt

You pressed the reset button.

Please don’t as yet


Let us learn

Make a pause

And let us reset

Our own way of life first.



day 22

Monsieur V. Corona

Hello, Bonjour, Ciao, Hola

Hallo, Cześć, Hallå…

Many countries

Have greeted you


Your multi-pass shows no limits

And grants you access to all humans

From all nations or creeds.

Diseases have no borders.

Despite our need to belong

To smaller groups.

It is time to think

as Citizens of the World.

Accepting that all things

Are interconnected.

We are in mourning

And in prayers

For the shadows

We have casted

And the lights

We have stifled.

Today we must

Include our own brethren.

Many have fallen

To a sweeping plague

Reminiscent of biblical times.

Let us cast aside

Our furies on the whys

And focus our thoughts

On the families in grief

By sending them

Much love and prayers.

Show the love.



day 23



day 24

Our curiosity and technological advances

Lead us at an ever increasing rate

To open new doors,

Expose us to New Worlds

We at times struggle to fully comprehend.

Some doors unleash new possibilities

Some others new dangers.


Before a door is opened

All consequences must be considered.

But it is human to err.

Failures are part of us.

And sometimes harm results,

Unintentionally; naturally.

So we learn not to do

The same again. Our duty.


Still part of us too, are Violations

Causing harm with intent.

Unacceptable we say.

Together in once voice

We say


Do NO harm.


day 25

At human distance

An expression much better known by Film directors and the world of cinema

Has just reached new meaning today.

And this is no movie,

It’s real and it is scary.


I am a Wellbeing and Sustainability Champion

At my work place.

Sitting at home in fear, anxious, is not healthy.

My medicine to combat my anxieties: Photography.

It gets me up and about.

“It’s ok to go outside”

So said Chief medical Chris Whitty.

For essentials only though.


Nature is here to welcome us.

The very same Nature we are trying so hard

To conquer and suffocate.

It will be free to roam National Trust parks

To enjoy Nature’s Gifts

While the plague continues.

Just keep your distances from your own kind.

At human distance.


And if you are looking to capture

Close-up images of thorns on stems

Like I did yesterday

Mind the slippery terrain

And don’t let the rosebush dampen your fall,


And you will be just fine.

For All of Nature’s Gifts.

We are Thankful. 

For the last few entries I have slightly diverted from the original format. Time to go back to it.


day 26

Unbalanced Energies

Are flowing among your midst.

How do we know?

Autumn leaves and spring flowers

Seen together

In November

For one.

What is the cause of

Your discord?

Difficult to pin down

But human without a doubt.

Cause and effect.

It must play out.

Consequences we will see,

Before your energies

Are balanced once more.

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day 27

Social Distancing

Another term

In the floodlight.

Humans began

To withdraw

Since the creation

Of our own world,

Folding back

From our true reality,

The physical world

We all are born into,

For reasons like

Hurts, trauma, fear

Or just not wanting

To change.

And slowly

Losing our ways

Of Togetherness.


Creating other worlds

Virtual Worlds

Worlds of One.

Help us to cope

And Hold on

On what makes us human.


day 28



Source of cures

Willow bark tree



Our Cradle of Life



Forgive us



Cradle of life



Corporate organism

Pursuit of wealth


Fool is useful

Fair is not

Antithesis of Wisdom


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Day 29


Out of the woods

You come

Like any mother

Wanting to stand up




It’s offspring

The Next Generation

To stand on their


Feet, hooves, paws





Free from Anger

Free to love

Free to create

Free to be.

Do show us the way

In our darkest hour

Before we


Our point of no return.

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day 30

We are getting closer

To that Day

That day we put you high

On a Cross


Bang Bang

To Die

To Shout

“Forgive Them”.

To have your

Last Breath

Sorry Bro.

To Resurrect

To sit next

To Your True


For Eternity.

You will be back

One day.

So they say.

I think Bro

You are back


Every second

In every act

Of Love

Of Compassion

Of Creation.

We can see you

If we have our eyes wide open.

You are always here

Never left.

Forgiven me

You have.

Open my eyes

I will more so.

Create with reverence

I will more so.



day 31


Will not be business

As usual


Easter will be celebrated

Away from the crowd

In isolation

In a room

An upper room perhaps?

Not unlike

The first Christians.

Focus on the content

We shall indulge

As rituals

We can't.


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Social distancing

Oh yeah bugger!

Too much focus on the form

Can distance us

From true meaning



Each form has a content

As each content comes

In a form.

Hand in hand

Like 2 sides

Of a brain

Working together

One in Thought

One in Words

My love to you

Big Guy



day 32


Pasta Sunset,

I entitle this composition.

The sun has come down

On the world of Pasta

Who have fallen

Victim of this thing

That stalled our economies.

Pasta has left the building.

Sounds surrealistic. Not.

Just for a fortnight

Some of us were without


While others had plenty.

The Vanishing of the Pasta.

Horror movie. Not.

Reality. Yes.

The day workers went home

With no essentials

Will be remembered.


Is really the plague

That consumes us.

Like children

Stuck for ever

In the egocentric stage.

Me, Me, Me, Me, Me.

The perspective of others

That defines adulthood

Eludes them.

Economy of Zombies and Unicorns

Will be the key words

Defining the beginning of this 21st century.

Disconcerting, it is.

Asleep, we are.

Awaken, we must.

Challenge our fears, we will.


day 33

Creatures of the night.

Up all night to get lucky

To get some… fun

Working, planning, Preparing

For the opportunities

That the new day will bring.

They are up, also,

Christian Climate Action

All nights

For 40 days

Not to get some fun

But to raise the bar

Holding a Vigil


For us to wake up

To come to our senses

For us to do the right thing.

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They pray to save our ways

Our planet

So it will keep spinning.

And spinning.

Round of applause

To those silent warriors.


To all silent warriors.