Ghost Forest

Surging seas and weeping wavesadvance along your coast,probing buried channels as theybreak through the shorefaceto drag briny fingerprintsacross weathered limbsthat recoil at the touch. Tainted tides swellwith pickled poisonas saline sap pours downyour brackish bark,below a crown of mottled greythat withers in the drink. Whisps of memorieslinger in brine,haunting faded shadesof lost and broken greens. […]

Poisoned Tusks

Jutting from the salted frothyour solitary canineflashes in the midnight sun,revealing wrinkled rivuletsthat labour under our insignia;ivory forget-me-notsof all that we have done. A snaggletooth spirallingperpetually to the past;piercing broken seaswith collective memories      of every tainted taste            of every missing meal                […]

Vegetation Beneath the Ice

Under cover of violencewe pulled you from your frozen past,geological collateral lying dormantin our hurried transits.Patiently you lay there,whispering at nightwith verdant notes that led usto your icy crypt.Unblinded by your brilliancewe unveiled jaded messagesthat sparkled dangerouslyacross translucent veins.Memories of foliageplaced purposefullyto concealwhat had been lost.We stumblefrom your frigid burrow,our foot on the gasdriving history […]

Melting Lakes

Golden rays of winter’s sunpierce through the roof-shingleof the channel-sky,forbidden warmth enfoldingfrozen robes that shudderat the touchof an assumed advance.Green tendrils creepthrough the cracks,seeping into existencethrough the suffocationof this reflected life.Shimmering surfaces glistenin the dappled light,rolling waves lappingat distant shoresthat once seemed closer. Ice Melting on Lake Balaton in Hungary, the largest lake in central […]

When the Mangroves Disappeared

Deep beneath the dunesfossilised roots whispergolden memoriesof emerald lagoons.When sapphire seaslapped tenderlyat knotted feet,bathing sunken stemswith the tidal surgeof their brackish embrace. Dredged up alongsideburied treasures,dark reflections stir.Open wounds that singof their betrayal –silted, shifting waterssuffocating withdry and barren soils. Until their wavesbroke in silenceupon the deadand burning sands. 6,000 years ago, mangroves were widespread […]

Damming Loss

Returning to forsaken landsyou cautiously rebuildyour island homes;every log, branch,and mud pilepressed on with theprecise hesitancyof re-colonised dreams. Across pond, marsh,and wet meadow youerect your recently-livingedifices –damp monumentsthat cling desperatelyto the receding waters. Deep pools form betweenthe creases ofyour artificial contours,lubricating the vicethat seeks to chokethe grateful occupantsof these forest oases. A beaver dam in […]

The Smell of Coral

Stony gardens of shifting lightsway vibrantly beneath the waves;rainforests of the sea,whose motely splendourpermeates still waterswith a pale and delicate aroma.Bouquets that blossomin the gauzy depths,then wilt in the heatof unwelcome advances.The chemical richnessof this subtle scentdrowned out by the stenchof our planetary halitosis. The central, southern and northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef […]

Bellwether Beetles

Tiny flecks of reddance acrossartificial rivers ofpowdered grain,their movementshalted only by theconfusing stepsof a familiar other.The speed and shapeof their routinesintertwine,dispersing intothe shallowsbefore contortingto crescendosof dual exhaustion.Behind Perspex windowswe sift through cycles;charting shifting patternsacross a habitatmore lab than home. The red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Image Credit: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons). This poem is […]