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Polar Bears and Other Threatened Species

The earth is warmer now–
Late December and still no snow or wintry blows, not even freezing rain.
The retail shop decorations look out of place.
To the north, the polar ice caps melt and polar bears drown,
While stilt-raised houses of Inuit sink into the muddy tundra.
This is the global heat that oil firms denied,
Confirmed by their rented scientist-whores.
All around us, in mid-December the temperature is 50 degrees,
A September day held over,
Trespassing for two months.
We continue to enjoy our coffee,
Unaware that it, too, will disappear as subtropical rainforests burn,
In twenty years, the seas will rise, drowning whole nations.
Deadly storms will smash our homes,
Flooding subways and shorting-out our electrical grids.
Looking away, we overheat our houses, drive our cars
Spewing forth contaminated carbon, poisoning us all.
We talk about solar panels, electric cars as if as mantras
They can keep us safe.
Few can purchase green materials.
Poverty binds us to a self-destroying cycle.
We are burning our children’s world,
Completely unable to stop ourselves.

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