Who’d Ruin That

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“And in November 2012, Nature published a commentary by financier and environmental philanthropist Jeremy Grantham urging scientists to join ( in protest) . . . and ‘be arrested if necessary’, because climate change ‘is not only the crisis of your lives – it is also the crisis of our species’ existence’ ”.


don’t say we can’t keep doing this
because we can    —until we can’t,
or won’t

nature slams a door.
some things cannot supplant the essence
of that which we adore,
or don’t

just tonight,
walking across a vast tar floor—
the inverse moat
around a big box store:
there, not to keep the other out,
but to ease the other in to spending more

—oddly there, and just tonight
a once-in-a-lifetime brilliant sky
had stopped me cold

—clouds relaxed. They sprawled, rear-lit,
edged in gold leaf born of an almost by-gone sun
already below the mountain west
but still shattering the grown-old day
in a blazing blue-green mirror of
spacious light
………………….. who’d ruin that?
we might


by Jim Culleny

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