ok, i’m overwhelmed.
i’ve got to stop clicking
apple news every 2 hrs
or better yet, envision
how shutdown might change
the world for the better --
people will want more time
w/neighbors & family, less
time working & driving; will re-
fuse to go to back to work
unless the 1% are taxed again;
we’ll get so used to less
traffic we’ll want car-free streets;
welcome foxes and hedgehogs
to our residential neighborhoods;
we’re now so used to clean air
that govt’s will have to
shut down coal
yeah. hold that thought.
internally displaced by
x-treme weather in 2019 (not
counting those who migrated
& now we must pandemic-distance
but how to do so in gymnasiums or
church halls as makeshift shelters?
or on the buses taking us out of
harm’s way? or in refugee camps,
w/o enough water or soap?
now is not the time
to have a natural disaster, if you
can help it; definitely don’t
need medical care . . .
but siberia is on fire again, w/
abnormally warm weather; also,
> 100˚ temps + windstorms in
in sarawak; & in são paulo,
deluge last month, drought this:
10% avg rain for last 27 days; in
yemen, “countless families have
lost everything”: no dolphins in those
flooded streets; floods, too, in
kenya, rwanda, & vietnam, where
7k acres of cropland destroyed
& o yeah the locusts have made it
“third-world problems”? think again:
mandatory evac’s in canada’s
oil city, mcmurray, alberta (deluge);
residents in evac centers must
socially-distance in company;
& in b.c., scorched earth now gets
swept by snowmelt, turning creeks
to rivers that “eat out the sides
of banks & pull down dirt & stumps
creating a mud bog that
flows down the stream”; one city
commissioner calls it the single-
largest flood in his area in
200 years (tho how he knows . . .);
while in germany, 5% of avg rain
& the rhine is drying up . . .
plus: the earliest-ever tropical
depression forms in the pacific]
in my head i hear “imagine”
by dead john lennon playing.
don’t let a good crisis go to waste,
they say. ok. . . . so say
i’m not overwhelmed.
what do we do then?
I'm a writer & teacher in Lawrence, Kansas who actually believes the scientists. I wrote a book of poems called Of Some Sky that seems to have something to do with all this.