Learning to Listen

As weathers change the birds migrate, Flocking en masse like living freight; They have decanted overseas, The notes of birdsong on the breeze.   In mapping out when this takes place, We listen for a vocal trace; And sift through sounds with expertise, The notes of birdsong on the breeze.   But straining every avian … Read more

Fenced In

You roamed amongst the distant glens and lochs, Untamed in your ascendency and pride; Traversing pristine firths and folded rocks, An apex that was grey and yellow eyed. And then we trapped and took you from your land, Your pelts and hides we hung as tainted plaques; Our own predation then started as planned But … Read more

We are Drifting Apart

Within the unformed chaos of our past, You pushed and pulled at creases in our skin; The time we had was short but built to last, A close embrace that caused our world to spin. But layers of rock hide secrets deep within, And map a future where we drift apart. The strength of our … Read more

There’s a Storm Coming

The sun-bleached earth bursts into flame, As lightning forks across the sky; A stolen gift for us to try, A burning life that we could tame.   But once we gave this gift a name, We blinked the impacts from our eye; The sun-bleached earth bursts into flame, As lightning forks across the sky.   … Read more

Breaking Their Resilience

As our oceans warm from global change, Vibrant corals dissolve and collapse; Reefs in the Northern Red Sea Are sheltered from the stress. But local events Bring pollution; In the end They will Break. This is a nonet, inspired by recent research which has found that excess nutrients from human activities may compromise the resilience … Read more

A Sting in the Tail

Your thoughts begin to interlock, Surroundings yet again the same; Then suddenly a cold, hard shock, As neurons fire up in pain.   Surroundings yet again the same, Defensively you start to clutch; As neurons fire up in pain, You flinch at every lingered touch.   Defensively you start to clutch, As something deep within … Read more

An Evolutionary Trap

Amongst the blue-eyed leaves you made your beds, Conflicting patterns sailing on the breeze; Then weeds appeared with green and narrow heads, A nursery that couldn’t help but please.   You left behind the flowers of your youth, And focused all your growth on this new truth; So when this future host became waylaid, Your … Read more

Stellar Nurseries

Within the cradle of a burning core, You wither down and find yourself well worn; As untold pressures crush and shape and bore, Your substance is assaulted, broke and torn. Then just as you think you can take no more, Through flames and righteous heat you are reborn; An all-consuming diamond in the sky, Extinguishing … Read more

Washed Away

A ring of coral Floating on seas of hubris – Lost beneath the waves This is a haiku, inspired by recent research which has found that most atolls will be uninhabitable by the middle of the 21st century because of sea-level rise and flooding caused by climate change. An atoll is a ring-shaped reef, island, … Read more

Shooting Planets

Within the burning heart of molten rocks, Great pressures forced your brilliance to shine; Inclusions marred your body with their pocks, A brownish hue now laced with olivine. Before you ever had a chance to grow, An interstellar pileup set you free; Thrown out into a cold and blank tableau, An empty, unforgiving, blackened sea. … Read more

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