Two fawns cross the creek. One of them pauses, linked
to his mirror reflection by the tip of his tongue, parallel
worlds merge on the fault line of a folded image.
Vast numbers of climate scientists are now grieving for the planet and humanity’s future, with some even describing their symptoms as a climate-change version of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
Daylight and darkness are real, and seasons,
but everything else is a story…
For millennia, native people have used flames to protect the land. The US government outlawed the process for a century before recognizing its value.
But after a few minutes
they become bold and
like dark thoughts
I saw one once—heaved onto the sand with kelp
stuck to its blue-gray skin.
Heavy and immobile,
it lay like a great sadness.
We prayed for the game warden’s blindness.
We prayed for the road home.
We ate the fish.
At noon, fox lolls in the sun
rises and trots, pausing now and then
to look my way.
How have these ligaments
held, for their umbones, each life’s intention
of never letting go?
A prelude to what can be expected in the future was provided by the events of August and September 2017, when the military was called upon to provide disaster relief in the wake of three particularly powerful hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria — at the very moment California and the state of Washington were being ravaged by powerful wildfires.