On this Perfect Spring Day
We didn’t listen
when she whispered.
The plants heard.
The animals too.
The checkerspot butterfly moved up the mountain.
White oaks, sugar maples, and hollies headed north and west.
The nine-banded armadillo found its way from Texas to South Carolina.
But we kept drilling and fracking, driving and flying.
So she cried a little louder.
Glaciers and polar ice melted.
Sea levels rose.
Massive swaths of the Great Barrier Reef turned white.
A Colorado of pines and aspens in the Rocky Mountains died.
But we kept drilling and fracking and burning.
And so she roared.
Harvey sat over Houston for days,
delivering a once-in-a-lifetime rain.
Lucifer swept across Europe,
with its once-in-a-lifetime heat.
Drought pushed Cape Town within sight
of the day there would be no water.
The Earth is speaking, even now
on this perfect spring day,
wisteria and red bud blooming fully,
weeks before they used to.
© Elizabeth Steinglass 2019, all rights reserved
(With thanks to Gabe Seiden at Connect4Consulting for my new website design.)