flood warning


the Indian Summer goes

on and on

while parts 

of our country

sink beneath

a rising sea

and rivers wash away

their innocent banks


most of the world accepts

it is undergoing

a change in climate:

glaciers collapse

icebergs shed 

great spurs and shelfs

once-frozen oceans are

awash with melting debris

and plastic poison

everywhere a gigantic thaw

is enfeebling the familiar


no matter 

that scientists warn

so many bind their eyes

and plug their ears

as they

throw off their duvets

shun their winter woollens

and fly south

to resorts which are

no warmer 

than home


on the domestic front

cats still await

their winter coats

and bask in late sunshine

unquestioning and loving

their lives stretch unclouded

while we warm 

and anxious ones

do what we can 

to brightly delay

the world’s





Jeff Cloves
Illustration Nick Victor

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4 Responses to flood warning

    1. thank you Nick

      Comment by jeff cloves on 19 October, 2019 at 3:13 pm
    2. A pleasure Jeff and no no thank you. x

      Comment by Editor on 22 October, 2019 at 4:50 am
    3. Spot on ,
      Just in the nick of time.
      Didn’t need to put my fingers in my ears,
      Nor ever would,
      The ring of truth from bell ,
      End in Stroud,
      As a youth in trauma,
      Where yon old poet,
      Shot him down,
      Must still resound,around that ageless
      Cotswold town,
      Of qlique renown.
      Dennis bares,
      Not half your frown..

      Comment by Chris Dibnah on 21 October, 2019 at 4:11 pm
    4. In the unending debate about whether global warming is a natural cycle or the result of our own abuse of the natural world,
      warfare is never mentioned. I can’t imagine how many wars are being waged across the planet as I write but what I can be sure of is that they are entirely dependent on petrol diesel aero-fuel nuclear (submarines) and substances we don’t even know about.
      The consumption of fossil-fuel by troop movements trucks jeeps tanks warships airplanes helicopters earth-movers etc.
      must be colossal. Every gun fired and every bomb torpedo and missile released, releases CO2 and attendant chemical pollution – as in the use of Agent Orange to destroy forests in Vietnam. ALL warfare is mechanically-driven and lays waste land water animals – in fact all flora and fauna. What permanent(?) damage six years of WW2 did to the environment is I guess unknown (or ignored) – never mind the slaughter of millions. WW2 was the first war I understand to have killed more civilians than military personnel, But to the point. It’s my guess that warfare is the biggest contributor of all to global warming and yet it’s never mentioned let alone discussed. Even the Greens – unless I’m missing something – never raise this issue. So what to do and how to overcome a feeling of helplessness in the teeth of the continuing popularity of fighting wars for imperial gain, let alone the fatuousness of fighting wars to prevent war. One tactic is the invisible insurrection of a million minds. It’s going on unknowable and undetectably around us all the time. It must prevail if we are to survive. So join in and get to it.

      Comment by jeff cloves on 24 October, 2019 at 3:16 pm

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