Art and caption by Jill Pelto
(Used here with permission.)
"This painting uses data showing the decline in rain forest area from 1970 to 2010.These lush ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes, and with them, millions of beautiful species. For this series, I chose to separate the animals from their habitat, because that is ultimately what we are doing.
The tiger is trapped outside the forest, cornered. "
(Read the full article and view more paintings HERE.)
“Action is the antidote to despair.” ~ Edward Abbey
(Warning: Tough Love)
Midweek Motif ~ Climate Change
So many global statements have been made about climate change ~ both learned and popular ~ that I implore myself and you to do something different in our poetry: Make it personal and specific. Amplify an aspect of the world so that others can see it too. Whatever your politics and moral positions are when it comes to climate change ~ let us see details, the evidence of your senses, your time and your spirit. Make us hear, see, touch your world.
This, then, is the challenge
for your new poem.
for your new poem.
By CRAIG SANTOS PEREZ
March 3, 2017
I don’t love you as if you were rare earth metals, diamonds,
or reserves of crude oil that propagate war:
I love you as one loves most vulnerable things,
urgently, between the habitat and its loss.
I love you as the seed that doesn’t sprout but carries
the heritage of our roots, secured, within a vault,
and thanks to your love the organic taste that ripens
from the fruit lives sweetly on my tongue.
I love you without knowing how, or when, the world will end—
I love you naturally without pesticides or pills—
I love you like this because we won’t survive any other way,
except in this form in which humans and nature are kin,
so close that your emissions of carbon are mine,
so close that your sea rises with my heat.
See more poetry at CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS.COM
by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Marshall Islands)
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(Next week Sumana’s Midweek Motif will be ~ Darkness is . . . )