And its ability to move the heart and soul, even in places where there is little space for heart and soul. Like this:
There is no God; we are all alone,
Abandoned in this wretched place;
All our efforts illusions; our graces
Simply contrived, desperate clinging
To colonial civility, an earthly domination,
In a crumbling, failing, burning human empire
A suicidal force slamming up against
The natural order, paper umbrella in hand
Cocktail glass in the other
We seek the superficial because the alternative is
I’m grateful for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. There are some people who are going to dislike this one, but I am grateful that because of the IPCC, and scientists outside that painstaking process, we have an idea of what we’re in for, and can prepare for it. I am grateful for having had the chance to fight a good fight on the many fronts that make up our response to climate change.
“An old fisherman could die in this weather,” he said.
The sun-wrinkled, browned old man nods a chin
At a dark-grey, churning sea, from the head
Of a curved bay, water whipping up white crests.
Even the dinghy sailors have retreated ashore; abed
The grass, stung with sleeting rain, their boats lie.
We perch upon a plank landing, wood worn thin
And smooth, skirting a wooden house on stilts
That creak against alliance of tide, storm, raging wind–
Too many, this past year, he says; it must be rebuilt.
We gaze out at the horizon, beach and land
Divided by a single tarred road, awash,
Impassable, swamped by raging waves and rain, the sand
No barrier; the broken stone barriers slosh
High with seawater, thudding, exploding.
A whole culture could die in this weather,
So changed in a single lifetime.
And yes, I know the difference between climate and weather, but it just didn’t fit into the little ditty here. Climate is large, long-term shifts in global meteorological patterns; weather is the localised, short-term manifestation of climate patterns. Let’s just say, climate is like the flu, and weather is like the sneeze or the cough or the sore throat.