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.   …

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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. …

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A Collective Noun for Science

A valley in the sands of time, Beyond a place, a paradigm; A confluence, a new frontier, Where science breaks the bonds of fear.   Across the ancient steppes of sheep: A city that we wake from sleep; Their gratitude we now endear, Where science breaks the bonds of fear. …

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Ancient Cooling

Humid summer sun… The pores of the city clogged With our human sweat – You deftly sprinkle water Cool our streets and cleanse our sins This is a Tanka, inspired by recent research that has identified the ancient Japanese tradition of uchimizu as an effective way of combatting the urban …

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The Pollen Thieves

The nightshade is a plant locked in a war, They keep their pollen under lock and key From pollen thieves who try to hit their score, Committing acts of pollen burglary. Who would have thought this from the humble bee, It’s black and yellow stripes a warning sign That they …

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The Sea Life is Never the Same

Antarctic sea shelves are diverse, With worms and seastars worth acclaim; Conditions are not too adverse, The sea life is never the same.   But as temperatures start to rise, The cold barrier becomes lame; From the slopes new creatures arise, The sea life is never the same.   Below …

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Soil Diversity is Great

Soil microorganisms are a pest, Releasing petagrams of C O two As a by-product of what they digest. Whilst nitrogen deposits do accrue, More harmful greenhouse gases will ensue. But if the soil diversity is great, Small animals can then graze their way through These microorganisms at a rate That …

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