With sorrowful sonar I’m sending out
my message of love for you
my ocean home.
I’m echo-locating your hidden unknown depths
and I’m miracle-mapping your width and your height and your fullness
the abundance of love that I feel
is crowded by an abundance of waste:
Human leavings carelessly clogging this vast ocean-land
as slowly, almost imperceptibly, my watery home warms
killing off corals and plankton blooms
as you steal the food out of my mouth
you also starve yourself.
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Written for Earthweal
This week, Sherry is hosting at Earthweal, and she has given us the following challenge:
For this week’s challenge, speak for animals, or let the animals speak. You can write about wildlife refuges, the need for them and the challenges. Or choose an animal and write a poem in its voice as a non-human being. What is its song, what does it love or fear or need? How does the climate crisis impact it? I am waiting with both fear and anticipation to find out!
I watched David Attenborough’s ‘A Life on Our Planet’ last night, and I was shocked by the levels of biodiversity loss over the last 70 years. Unless we wake up to the mass extinction we are causing, I think we will soon enter the endgame of the human race.