Last night, the winds howled with an intensity
enough to make me fear
the downing of the great sycamores
standing sentinel outside my home
the fourth ‘named storm’ of the year:
do we name them in order to tame them
if we do this, is there less to fear?
We can’t put these storms back in their box
‘We don’t want this climate chaos we’ve created,’
it is here to stay.
Ten years on
my eldest son will be full-grown
my youngest, in the bloom of adolescence
and what kind of future will they face on an unstable planet?
I’d like to say, at least, I did my best:
I cared about your future
I care about your future
Meanwhile, well-heeled tourists
holiday in the Maldives
before they disappear
the air fare has a higher price
in emissions which add weight
to the sinking of this ship:
I hope it’s worth the trip.
Homes and lands and livelihoods
devoured by fire, or
washed away by floods
carried off in a landslide
and furthermore, I see foam on the water everywhere:
in lake, and sea and river
half of Europe over,
do you see it, too?
This is our drinking water.
What can we do?
First is this: admit we are in crisis
bear witness, in your words
and in these pages
call out corporate greed and corruption
do not be fooled into our present-day
‘divide and conquer’ politics.
Assemble, winning hearts and minds
move forth in love
it’s all we have
I pray that it may somehow prove enough.
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Written for earthweal
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