colour wash


Margaret is asking us to Quilt a Poem over at The Garden today. My quilt square for inspiration is the image above.


a vortex: permanent press

washing machine cycle

in my solar plexus


holds all the colours tight

stratified shades of anxiety

blended as a wreath


centrifugal liquid drain

apparently, i’m informed

sucks out the marrow


spirals of hopelessness

at every turn and turn again

to every season, death


Earth rotates too slowly for those

idiots who walk in straight lines

unaware of the spin


slow tel-e-graph-ed asteroid sized blow

we saw it coming on TV so ignored it

mono-cultured into submission


inexorably then we fall into that gyre

pushing before us all the colours

the mass that we are extincting


rodents  in the coalmine

sound no alarm

hidden as they are in plain view





The Bramble Cay Melomys is, as far as we know, the first mammal to be wiped out entirely by climate change. It used to live on a single very low island, Bramble Cay. Due to climate change and small sea level rises, the sea flooded over the island several times, killing the plants that the melomyses used to eat. Photo provided by the State of Queensland.

For more reading on the species crisis check out these links:





13 thoughts on “colour wash

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    … and the coal mines are part of the problem anyway.
    😦 I like your strong words; wish they could save us.

  2. Kerry says:

    spirals of hopelessness
    at every turn and turn again
    to every season, death

    Something in my mindset at present finds accord in these lines.

  3. Brendan says:

    Great stuff, if the theme is horrific. You sing the square of living nonhuman color with energy and vibrance. Dunno if its loud enough to wake us from the mono-cultural but then nothing may as we keep populating the square of the extinct.

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