Fire and Ice

When American poet Robert Frost first published his famous poem, Fire and Ice, in 1920, he was thinking of mankind’s capacity for destruction, but certainly not through man-made climate change. He wrote this poem 100 years ago; he could not have known how prescient he was.

Fire and Ice

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 of destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Image credits: Australian bushfire crisis, Matthew Abbott for the New York Times; Polar ice crisis, web.mit.edu

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8 Responses to Fire and Ice

  1. D65 says:

    Fantastic post. I’m in VIC Australia, and I have to tell you it is absolutely devastating. What is happening to Australia right now is just unimaginable.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      It’s horrifying enough to see on the news from halfway around the world. Our hearts go out to everyone affected; it is such a helpless feeling, just watching. I fear that the world will continue to see more of this devastation, along with increased storms and major flooding. We just don’t learn. 😥

  2. calmkate says:

    very apt post … thanks for getting the message out there!

  3. Jean says:

    I doubt Frost knew that much about climate change. It was probably more a future “feel” or karma thing which is still pretty good. If it’s none of those, it may be due to lack of clean water.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Totally. I can’t imagine that anyone had any inkling of climate change back then. But Frost knew about man’s proclivity for destruction, intentional and otherwise. Turns out he may well have hit the nail on the head with fire and ice. Or, as you say, our destruction may be from something as preventable as failing to protect our fresh water 😥

  4. He was definitely on point Jane 😥

  5. Reblogged this on Musings and Wonderings and commented:
    Very prescient.

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