Climate Story

This was written for Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, January 2023. Please see the image below by Susan MacMurdy.

this is a story
of miserliness
a mother retold -

such unhinging.
see calendars
scrapped and rewritten

we’ll witness
a hug’s metamorphosis

into a house 
where hearts are flames
ravenous for beauty

and doorways
welcome the dark;
where crickets stand guard

counting drum beats -
those savage stars -
because it’s night now.

see how trees
are darker than their shadows.
And now sky is soil

and we the worms
destined to writhe and buck
while leaves

suppose their shapes
upon our souls.
we will remember

only ourselves
holding the wick -
insidious lifeline -

as the world turns brown

6 thoughts on “Climate Story

  1. Again, your imagery is simply top shelf. The image you wrote for looks to me to be of a style called “naive” art, of which I am inordinately fond.

    I tried to add your blog to my bloglist at Word Garden, but it came up HUGE and took over the whole page, so I took it off. I shall have to check back more often.


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