Great barrier reef coral, bleached white, in warm waters
Plaster of paris gods, submerged at night, in warm waters.
North pole shifting, from Hudson Bay to British Isles
Sea level rise, causing drift in axis so slight, in warm waters.
Monsoon season lingers longer on the tea terraces,
Will my tea be beneficent, as afternoon delight, in warm waters?
Early heat waves put vulnerable millions at risk, each year
Future forward without gaining foresight, in warm waters?
Console people fleeing shifts in seasons, sinking land? By
building walls and asking them to sit tight in warm waters?
Two locavores dining vegan, soft din of conversation, clinking
of silverware and quietude of moonlight, in warm waters.
Notes: Day 22 of NaPoWriMo 2016. Earth Day. The prompt was to write a poem in honor of Earth Day. I ended up writing a ghazal , similar to last year. This time, though, instead of primarily Portland inspired lines, I used headlines (listed below) to write the couplets.