Catastrophes Today 2013

Catastrophes Today

Skin on my nose


Five hundred drowned at once.

Escaping, naturally, en masse

From Libya to Italy.


A father locked his children in a house

And burned it down.

What parent kills his child?

I cannot kill a mouse.

And yet, my mouth is not agape.

My eyes are dry. I’ve smiled.

Ghost-ghastly, grizzly trials

Existing everyday

Have found heart pumping normally,

The mind-door locked.

A cold detachéd grief finds home

In something inorganic when

The coral reef disintegrates,

Pink decomposing ten times sooner

Than it should have in ten million years.


Catastrophes Today 10.4.2013

Our Times, Our Culture II; Circling Round Nature;

Arlene Corwin


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