Bright rainbow hues have faded now away;
I waken in a world of cheerless grey.
Accursed, I walk beside a stinking sea
where once the dolphins came to swim with me.
From heights, I view the valley that was home,
a city veiled in haze, a silent tomb.
At night, bereft beneath a blackened sky,
I seek in vain the twinkling stars on high.
No plea restores the music of the night;
the crickets sing no more. I curse my plight
and long for kindred souls to share my days.
I pray to rise on wings and fly away.
Beloved spirits smile and beckon me
to Heaven in the world that used to be.
Copyright © 2021 by Cheryl Batavia
A timely entry for Halloween Sonnet Sunday
Cheryl, the Gulf Coast Poet has written what to me is a truly chilling and very sad poem of this Anthropocene Halloween. I would like to thank her for turning our attention to the plight of the planet at this troubled time. Let’s do all we can to save this heaven on earth before it is too late!