Literature Form Three
Poem Poisoned Talk - Stanza by Stanza
Paraphrase of the Poem
The narrator posed a question on who killed cock robin. The worm confesses and took responsibility. The cause of the bird's death is poisoning due to eating the poisonous worm. The worm is poisonous because it was poisoned by the acid soil which is toxic and harmful to plants and trees. That is why the tree where cock robin died is 'a withered tree', that means a weak and dry tree.
The narrator asks who killed the heron and the fish confesses. It killed the heron when the bird fed on his poisoned flesh. The fish further confesses that he killed all the birds of the lake including duck, drake and tern.
The narrator posed a question on who killed the lake. 'Industry' boasts that he's the culprit. 'Industry' explains that he poisoned the fish, weeds and the plants in the lake with mercury. Mercury is a hazardous and poisonous substance that is released into the environment through industrial processes and reckless disposal of industrial waste. 'Industry' claimed that he poisoned the lake to please 'greedy men' (referring to mankind/people) who do not want to spend money to dispose hazardous industrial waste properly. They simply want to gain more profits.