Ode to Our Planet in Flames and Floods on Sept. 14, 2020
…perspective from southern British Columbia
Today the sun changes to a pale bloodied orb in a cold sky leaden with smoke
Filtering through my home, filling the river valley, confiscating the mountains,
Infiltrating from a few hundred miles away from a conflagration on the Pacific Coast,
Incinerating homes, towns, innocent lives…even 1500-year old Redwood giants,
Such heat as to sterilize the soil, burn habitats, fume more carbon clouds into space;
A climate crisis of too many years of drought, new 120 degrees, less rain and run-off.
In the Atlantic Ocean, Sally the hurricane churns devastating rainfalls and flash floods,
Followed by 5 tropical depressions … unrecorded frequency as ocean waters get warmer.
What made our Earth so angry against normal? Fire tornadoes here, water typhoons there…
How to drench the west coast? How to cool the east coast as ice shelves break up?
Decades ago, science predicted long-term climate change…but short-term is immediate pain now!
Who dares a wide grin that science doesn’t know about climate…just wait for cooling down?
In the drought, and the flames, and the smoke and the floods, and the deaths and destruction…
Our Earth masses must unite and preserve Nature minus the one-man band controls.