The Sound of Shapes

The soothing sound of blue floats past my sight, I open up my eyes to hear a shape; The colours and the music are not right, The painting tastes more like a stark landscape.   I open up my eyes to hear a shape, As Turner’s clouds begin to smell of­­ damp; The painting tastes … Read more

Separated at Birth

A glowing orb, reflecting distant light, You calm and soothe our planet’s ebb and flow; But how much can we say we truly know, When our eyes meet across the darkest night.   We theorised an impact of great might, From whose debris you burst and sought to grow; A glowing orb, reflecting distant light, … Read more

Planet Earth II

after David Attenborough   Planet Earth II is thinner than ever Planet Earth II contains the following upgrades and bug fixes: Interfaith dialogue Patience Context Colour-blind police Infinite non-renewable energy sources Only your favourite foods Only your favourite people Only tolerable music 2016 removed as causing problems for some users Enhanced type face Compliments-only setting … Read more

A Fractured Song

Beneath the rock lies liquid gold, With pressures set and bills to fold; But prospectors should be aware, Removal must be done with care.   As well as housing lush greenbacks, These biomes mask a hidden tax; For all the songbirds living there, Removal must be done with care.   For as we dig with … Read more

Go and Plant a Tree

Plant a tree Go Barbados and plant A palm tree Turn the water off Drink booze Take a shower with Someone else Take a shower with Rhianna This is a poem written by a ‘non-expert’, as part of a research project which used poetry to develop dialogue around environmental change. The theme of this poem … Read more

New Life in Hostile Winds

Cast out by winds too fierce to call a home, You sail on seas unbearable to roam; The fury of this interstellar gale Ensured an astral voyage that would fail. Yet still we see you shimmer in the gloam.   Now as the gases cool they start to foam, And form a dense and fertile … Read more

Brittle Eyes

Across the vibrant reefs you snake and crawl, In search of shelter from an unseen threat; The shadows write their names in salty scrawl, Your body intertwined in blind duet.   You see the world without a lens or eye, As veiled photoreceptors help you scry; Your skin a dense and tangled web of sight, … Read more

Global Stress

The Earth has changed, Because of what us humans do. The Earth has changed; Our hearts and minds now left estranged. Not all of us are feeling blue, Just those who think of nature too. The Earth has changed. This is a Rondelet, inspired by recent research which has explored the psychological effects of climate … Read more

Sex Change

Besides the tranquil sea and sun-bleached sand, The turtles find a place to make their nest; Probing the rolling crescents of the land, To find a place where incubation’s best. Now buried like a golf ball in a dune, The eggs begin to undergo great change; To their surroundings they must now attune, With gender … Read more

A Limited Shelf Life

Within the frothy sprays and barren seas, Atop the very apex of our Earth, Anomalies are stirring in the breeze; Instead of mapping the expected dearth, The measurements reveal an unplanned birth Of sediments washed out by distant waves. Those melting Arctic shelves lacking in girth, Have caught the wind like echoes trapped in caves. … Read more

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