My Favourite of my SF/F poems from 2010
I thought I would post here my favourite of my poems published in 2010.
This was in a poetry anthology called A Verdant Green edited by my brother, David Livingstone Clink, and published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box (George A. Vanderburgh, publisher).
[This anthology is referred to as Global Warnings in my previous posts.]
The ABCs of the End of the World
The Amazon burns.
Arid pollution floats
like an algae bloom
over asthmatic bumblebees
a buzzing biomass
of clear-cut carbon
in a chaotic desert dance
of dehydration and energy-efficient
extinction. Famine floats
through flooded farms
searching for fuel-cell
gone the way of greenhouse glaciers
in a hybrid car.
impact ice shelves, icebergs,
curling ice, and icecapades
in a final-jeopardy-worthy,
karmic, light-leakage landslide,
curdling the Milky Way
in a Magellanic Cloud of nuclear winter.
In the acidic ocean, a six-legged
octopus and a polar bear with gills
quibble over reduced rain forests,
reused rubbers, and recycled cyclones,
while solar-powered Tsunamis unleash
a torrent of ultraviolet species.
If only wind energy
came from outgassing,
or wave power from the pissing
away of finite resources on wars.
Instead, an extra-yellow river
backs up and civilization ends.