A Breath in Time

Within the salt-encrusted lakes of time, Are secret bubbles formed by primal cast; We excavate these drops from faded brine, To understand the structure of your past. They ratify and filter our forecast That Gaia’s breath was once a weakened wheeze, Devoid of life and luscious chloroplast. By reading samples from an ancient breeze, We … Read more

A Battle of Conservation

The island shores run red with blood, As vermin stalk and kill their prey; A grisly, feather-strewn display, As flights are culled with deathly thud.   But waste breathes life into the clay, So nutrients drain from the mud As vermin stalk and kill their prey; The island shores run red with blood.   The … Read more

Diabetic Breath

Within each breathe of air we need to live, Are carried tiny particles of dust; These specks pass through our bodies’ finest sieve, And cause our lungs and hearts to tar and rust.   This dirt can soil the glucose that we make, With diabetes now a risk we take; The most at threat from … Read more

Listening for Messages in the Bubbles

Hidden deep beneath the briny, see-through floor You seep effervescently from your veiled crack, Belching out a defiant, aquatic roar.   You strive to escape the waters cold and black, Taking your leave via the nearest slip road; Breaking the surface with euphoric feedback.   Listening to your secret, amphibious code, We measure the pitch … Read more

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

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