colour wash

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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

 

 

Notes:

extinct

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:

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/biodiversity/elements_of_biodiversity/extinction_crisis/

http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/5/e1400253.full

 

 

 

 

13 responses to “colour wash

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

  2. 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. 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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