Thursday, August 28, 2008

gimme shelter

A Bellwether

the arctic ice shelf
into an indifferent ocean

a sign
some say
of a coming cataclysm

but the end of this world
is as far north of my thoughts
as the calving glaciers in prudhoe bay

even more earthshaking,

the reality of my mother and father
picking out cemetery plots
on an unusually cool day in august

my world,
a sea rising
a desert expanding
a coastline receding

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