Indian River Lagoon

Indian River Lagoon, By Brian37 (AKA Brian James Rational Poet on FB/META and @Brianrrs37 on Twitter)

If you would not want
Your kitten’s food bowl

If you would not want
You child swimming
In a dirty pool

Then we as humans
Have to stop ignoring
The warning signs we have

The honey bee
The monarch butterfly
I remember the Native American

Atop his horse
With a tear in his eye
The algae bloom

Killing the sea grass
The gentile sea cow
Is swimming in trash

Desperate they are
Feeding them lettuce
On the brink

We’re causing this mess
If we don’t stop it
We will be next

Coal mine species
Swim in sunshine rivers
Mermaids of gray

We are on our way
To our own deaths
Human’s last breath.

This poem is about of course, the Manatee in South Florida. Global warming is causing more algae blooms which is killing the natural sea grass of the Manatee, plus our pollution it may accidentally swallow, or our boats hitting them. But this is one “canary in the coalmine” species that is under constant threat, and it is a warning to us, that if we do not stop global warming and stop polluting our planet we will be sealing our own doom.


2 responses to “Indian River Lagoon”

  1. I love the passion you show in this piece, Brian. Your words are so meaningful and important. Life on our planet is in desperate danger of dying and taking all human life with it, to say nothing of all the wildlife we’re gradually killing off. I have to say, I didn’t know anything about Manatees, so I took the time to Google them to learn more. (I didn’t realise that, although they have tiny brains, they’re actually almost as intelligent as dolphins.) It’s awful that these precious creatures are losing their natural food source because of us. All our sealife is at risk. The evidence of life on our planet dying is all around us to see, yet so many people are totally blind or ignorant about what we are doing as a species to our one and only home.

    I hear people say things like, by the time our planet becomes uninhabitable, we will all be living on the moon or another planet. When William Shatner from Star Trek (and a few other celebrities) flew into space just for the ‘fun’ of it, none of them stopped to think about the damage to the ozone by burning all those fossil fuels. (Having said that, the aviation industry is also significantly increasing the damage to the planet.) The last time I flew was when I was young, in 1977 (it shows my age!). I’ve no intention of doing so again, either. However, my son flies all over the globe for his work, which I really don’t like the thought of, but short of changing his job, that’s not going to change.

    As the posters and banners of climate change protesters say, ‘There Is No Planet B.’ It’s absolutely right X 🌍💕

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    • No we won’t be living on the moon or mars. Our increasing frequency of climate disruptions in weather, flooding, wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, crop disruptions. All those things will cause more political unrest within nations and between nations. Our biggest risk as a species is us, and nuclear war. But yea, there is no planet B.

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