Warm Waters

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.

Isis floods the river Nile, sheds tears for her beloved, and
resurrects dead Osiris, disguised as diving kite, 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.

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching

Plaster of Paris or Clay

North Pole Drifting towards British Isles

Climate change and agriculture

Brutal Head wave in India

The climate-change refugee crisis



Behind the clubhouse,
Where we locked our bikes
On the stand, the walk path meanders
Across the mini golf course into

The meadow, by the airport,
Past the horse stable,
Cutting into the rows of houses,
And brushes by the Deschutes River.
Behind the river, fluffy clouds nestle

On the snow peaks, catching the subtle hues
From the setting summer sun.
Soaking in the backdrop,
We rested awhile on the lawn
Besides the clubhouse and had our picture snapped.
Second law of thermodynamics still applies.

Notes: Day 11 of NaPoWriMo 2016 prompt was to “closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does.”