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

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

Remote Consequences

Amongst the icy peaks and stony seas, We count the plants that call such heights a home; Traversing every sudden gale and breeze, To better understand how they have grown. Across the years of data in this zone, Diversity increased at quickened pace; Accelerating at a speed unknown. So even in the most secluded place, … Read more

A Broken Sink

As climates change and rainfalls slow, Our trees adapt the way they grow; For every water-seeking root, The greenery becomes dilute. A forest we no longer know.   Now forced to reap the seeds we sow Above the ground and deep below, The outcome of forbidden fruit. As climates change.   This biome that begins … Read more

A Slippery Slope

As mountains break apart at snow-packed seams, They spew their powdered cargo without care; Destroying life with frozen, hoary streams, Their mass and scope now tied to warming air.   The wounds of every broken, shattered limb, Reduces what was pure to something grim; The sound of snowflakes falling in the spring, A warning of … 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

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

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