Never Alone

Hunter & Gatherer Poem

Many species have a social structure in which individuals form groups, it is something we as humans do without putting any thought into it. Group selection plays a huge part in our everyday lives because naturally flowing to our group of friends or those who share our beliefs makes us feel comfortable. In Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood group selection is a recurring theme because the population has suffered a huge bottleneck, and the main religious group called God’s Gardeners is the largest group in the novel. Atwood used religion and the gardener’s faith to show how even when things have gone completely out of control people will always find something to put their belief in. As an example Ren was alone for a long time and thought she was the only one left, but when she was reunited with Amanda and they joined a splinter group of Gardeners they were able to face evils bravely because they were not alone. My poem will be about knowing that no matter what occurs we are never alone because God is always watching us. This poem will give a sense of hope just as religion does for the characters in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.


Never Alone

-found poem by Jordan A. Bydume, excerpted from The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (2009). New York Print, pp. 1,5,6,13,14,54,89,90


When Adam first had breath of life

and knew God face to face

But then came greedy Spoilers

Twas once the finest garden

waterless flood destroyed


He must be dead by now

We must not waste hope

Beware of words

be careful what you say


He leaves no trails

Any day now 

he’ll appear from among the trees

In His sight 

we’ll always be


We cannot always trace his path 

but under his wings may we trust

God’s children always under his care


Atwood, Margaret. The Year of the Flood. New York: Random House, 2009. Print.


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