not drowning but waving

all over the world
people are frantically waving
but failing
to attract the attention
of those who presume
to rule their lives
these desperate people

do not want their lovely world

to go up in flames
do not want glaciers to melt
rain forests to be levelled
animals to become extinct
skies to become polluted
air to be contaminated

seas to rise forever

they are not drowning yet*

but waving
for somewhere in their collective heart
lies the belief that nature will prevail
that it is tenacious enough to survive
the worst that humans can do

is to remove themselves
from the face of nature



Jeff Cloves


*not waving but drowning
poem by English poet
Stevie (Florence Margaret) Smith1902–1971


Illustration: Atlanta Wiggs


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