In Hidden Trenches

Within the deepest creases, out of sight, You glide along the ocean’s murky floor; Surviving in the darkest realms of night, Your body writhes above a sticky maw. Then when we drag your carcasses ashore, We prod and poke to see what we might find; And like the sailors who did come before, We read … Read more

Life is Dust

Above each distant peak and skyward ship, Fast-flowing streams of dust bombard the Earth; Releasing beads of life from Newton’s grip, Transporting them through space to bring new birth.   Did everything we know just hitch a ride, On streams of dust that sailed an unseen tide; These particles just drifting in the sky, May … Read more

A Twisted Knot

Ornate and prized as something grand, We didn’t know what you had planned; The warning signs we did not heed, You suffocate us with your need.   With tendrils that spread far and wide, Ensnaring that which once had thrived; Malevolence in every seed, You suffocate us with your need.   Your selfish aim now … Read more

Hidden in the Forest

We rip apart the Earth on which we stand, Try tame the wild for all that we have planned; Now caught up in our thoughts and ‘expertise,’ Expose ourselves to buried-deep disease.   The virus is unmindful of our scheme, And flows between the species like a stream; We cut away the forest from the … Read more

You Shed Your Brain for Winter

The taste of winter lingers in the air, As distant cousins, all head off to sleep; Yet you are wide awake and have no lair, Instead your body slowly starts to seep.   As distant cousins, all head off to sleep Your instinct is to gently fade away; Instead your body slowly starts to seep, … Read more

An Invisible Disorder

Your yellow petals shine with amber glow, And glisten in the cool autumnal breeze; Yet whilst I love the golden arcs you throw, It is not me you try so hard to please.   Then when the solar light is viewed just so, Your petals spark a ghostly, violet glow; A spectacle that I will … Read more

A History of Soot Preserved in Feathers

When gliding through our old and rusty skies, You filtered out the wheezing, blackened air; A century of progress built on lies, Now captured in the feathered down you wear. The smut and ash th­­­at billowed from our hearth, Concealed the dirty secrets of our past; So, when you flew no more and fell to … Read more

Schrodinger’s Hippopotamus

Your pearly whites gleam in the midday sun, But soon your eyes will close and you will sleep; There will be no dreams behind your eyelids, Only the cool steel of the artist’s knife. A coffee-stained sheet of yellow paper In a forgotten filing cabinet Tells us that you are enjoying life out In Queen … Read more

A Nasal Quorum

You prowl and sniff the air around your pack, With outsized ears you wear just like a crown Atop a cloak of matted, mottled brown; The silence summons heckles on your back.   You take the centre stage for your attack, And outline plans to raid the nearest town; You prowl and sniff the air … Read more

Unwanted Feedback

Sunbeams two-step over white blankets Gliding painlessly between worlds, Then stray too close to the edge Where looming Arctic waves Trap their latent heat; Ending the dance, And leaving Only Sea. This is a nonet, inspired by recent research that has provided the first quantitative evidence for the “albedo feedback” effect in the Arctic. It … Read more

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