A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
It turns out you can kill the earth, Crack it open like an egg. It turns out you can murder the sea, Poison your own children Without even thinking about it. Goodbye passenger pigeon, once So numerous men threw nets over trees And fed you to pigs. Goodbye Cuckoo bird who lays eggs In the nests of strangers. Goodbye elephant bird Who frightened Sinbad. Goodbye wigeon, Curleau, lapwing, crake. Goodbye mascarene coot. Sorry we never had a chance to meet. Who knew you could wipe out Everything? Who knew You could crack the earth open Like an egg? Who knew The endless ocean Was so small? Right now, there are children playing on the shore. There are children lying in hospital beds. There are children trusting us. Who will tell them what we’ve done?
Copyright 2019 Michael Simms