Oil and household paint on calico
TV antenna blocks the clear sky,
its connecting wires strangle
the Gulmohar tree & the videos
play hide & seek with my mind.
By Jay Gandhi
A Pollution Shaped
by crooked pollution.
A plastic shaped
by crooked plastic.
A landfill shaped
by crooked landfill.
A carbon emission shaped,
carbon emission twisted
by crooked carbon emission.
A climate change shaped
climate change twisted
by crooked climate change.
A short term profit shaped
short term twisted
by crooked short term.
A word shaped
by crooked word.
By Paul Brookes
Netted turtles suffocating whales
fettered fish, life in the seas, no more
some fishermen’s tales, or of pirate ships
with towering sails, is now filled with
plastic tin can waste –
Smokey dust hangs everywhere, frightened
birds restlessly seek air, all clean, one large
falcon fell, and brought a 737 down to land,
real owner of the sky is the bird or the machine?
sunlight blocked, nothing pure nothing fresh to taste
Land weeps for flora and fauna, forests denuded
are falling to death, Dinosaurs long gone to rest
hope new ones don’t surface, as water is scarce
and plants depressed-
no more does the nightingale sing
so loud is the clang and hi-fi din
flowers are captives of terracotta pots
rubbish dumps growing are upto the chin
Colors all smudged reflect the Earth’s distortion
my heart pains at the planets destruction-
have we left a place free of pollution?
I wonder if ever we shall find a solution
May the Lord so merciful and gracious
forgive us for the dishonor and desecration.
2019 © CER By Anjum Wasim Dar