No boat? No prob! (Free Malaysia Today)
it’s not about delhi’s coolest june day;
or the flooded fields in the sundarbans;
or the waist-deep water in dhaka;
or 3 mo. of rain in 3 days in new zealand;
or the record flooding in amazonian brazil;
or all the local records & disasters today.
today, it’s about abdul malik abdul ghani.
he’s 33 yrs of age; he lives
in kampung melati, beaufort dist.,
one of the most flood-prone parts
of sabah state, malaysia.
he does not own a boat.
but it floods so much, he’s strung a rope
from a stilt under his house, 50 m. to
his neighbor’s house on higher ground
(what used to be called “mutual aid”);
so every time it floods, he & the fam
just grab the rope (or swim or
until they feel it, underwater).
he doesn’t own a boat.
the rope “is for us to hold onto so
we don’t get swept away
while wading through the floodwaters”
6k residents of the area evac’d
last wk, escaping the rising rivers (those
not afraid of catching covid), but
not malik — he just reached for his rope!
now, i’m not saying the worsening floods
are due to climate “change” — just sayin
it’s a mighty nice thing to have a rope.
w/ somebody on the other end.
(see freemalaysiatoday.com May 30 for the full story)
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.