Nocturne

byKrenna Smart©

The silent anguish of God’s creatures
As night descends
Burns in my chest

Close eyes, pull blanket over head

Bees can no longer pollinate
They return the favor to farmers
Who poisoned the fields
With chemicals
Crops fail – a nasty sting
Food wars on the horizon

Polar bears drown
In their noble effort
To find food sources
No longer in reach
We capture the ones remaining
Put them in zoos and theme parks
So they may be remembered
If there is anyone left
To remember them
After the ice caps melt

72 foot carcasses wash up on shore
Blue whales dying
Their haunting antediluvian
Choruses echo
In the dark ocean night
Singing aching, poignant dirges
For the dying sea
And their own mortality

Amphibians disappearing
From tainted wetlands
Swimming to Hawaii
Trying to save themselves
Some genetically malformed specimens
Remain behind
To remind us of what we have lost

KS 09/28/07

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