are the days of a
clear, singing underworld
icebergs are made
of forgotten plastics
way, photographed
before it fin’lly sinks,
turtles’re choking with
once-kissed resin straw
we peeled your rainbow
scales with our cruel claws?

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13 thoughts on “mer-made

  1. I like the wordplay in the title and the juxtaposition of the ‘clear, singing underworld’ with the human-made world of ‘forgotten plastics’ and choking turtles. The final question is hard-hitting.


  2. I admire your message here – let’s take care of our environment. The ending lines are powerful:

    we peeled your rainbow
    scales with our cruel claws?


  3. It’s a fair assessment and a dire warning. Plastics and other trash ruin the Earth at the macro- and micro-levels. I’m sure you know that now there is an island world of floating trash in the Pacific. It’s enormous. And we’re breathing in molecules of pollution as well. It’s a theme I don’t think we can write enough about–and you about it strongly here, sister!


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