Here’s the thing

By Karla Whitmore

sounds quaint now in the language minefield mix

still, there’s something inexorable about bare-faced logic

like water that relieves its load by turning land to sea

too many times to be a normal cycle

land that burns from undergrowth to canopy

challenges tradition of fire-managed habitat

while red hot peat rivals Zarathrusta’s flame –

in a relentless rising flow assault

low-lying coastlines tempt seas to lap at shores

impelling Venice to stay afloat inside a metal lifebelt

a Pacific island chain to survive in a digital space

one point five – sounds not much to curb emissions

one point five to two – an epitaph to turn around

obtuse prevarication

not yet a reckoning