Even the sea now suffers a change,
In the dark depths sightless monsters stir,
Roused by shifting currents strange and warm,
Acid on their tongues, gasping for breath.
In the dark depths sightless, monsters stir,
Father endless lies as waters rise,
Acid on their tongues, gasping for breath,
Scraping the final pearl from its shell.
Father, endless lies as waters rise
Grow in coral confusion, as we—
Scraping the final pearl from its shell—
Sing our extinguishing lullabies.
Growing choral confusion as we—
Roused by shifting currents strange and warm—
Sing our extinguishing lullabies:
Even the sea now suffers a change.
Depth Charge: Inspired by the always inspiring John Mackenzie, I have tried my hand at a pantoum, albeit a gloomy one motivated by the predicted mass extinction of ocean life caused by overfishing, acidification caused by global warming, and anoxic dead zones as a result of climate change and pollution. Literary inspirations include Walt Whitman, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as quoted at 2:28 in the Laurie Anderson song, Blue Lagoon
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