Orange plumes of algae bloom
upon a sickened sea
now will you look the other way
or have you eyes to see?
It never was a healthy hue
in any ecosystem
to those who say they had no clue
I’d say ‘Perhaps you missed them:’
the beaches washed with jellyfish
unthreatened by predation
but washed up in a blinding tide
of mad misinformation.
The food chain breaks
the links are shot
the severed anchor plummets
we scramble to retrieve our lot
and fill our hungry stomachs.
The sharks die out
the tuna next
then molluscs and crusteceans
the rest of sealife follows fast
leaving an empty ocean.
It’s not too hard to figure out
if you have eyes to see;
ask not for whom the algae blooms:
it blooms for you and me.
© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved
Written for earthweal
I went out for what was supposed to be a pleasant bike ride yesterday, only to find that the Adriatic Sea is turning orange. Is this in the news at all? Is it hell!
What I witnessed was a red tide: a harmful algal bloom most often caused by leaks of fertiliser in water. It is harmful to ocean life and humans. Not only does the climate crisis make their occurrence more likely, it also lessens our ability to deal with them.
And to think, only a few weeks ago I wrote ‘the earth does not look sick.’
Sharing this with earthweal’s open link weekend. I call on anyone reading to bear witness to the wanton destruction of the natural environment. We’re unlikely to read about this kind of thing in the news, so it’s up to us to spread the word however we can.