Poets speaking up to Adani – Kristin Hannaford

Coral not Coal



Coral polyps, like ashen fingers raised

in passing of a season gone too soon,

whiten as our politicians betray


both the Wangan and Jagalingou’s ways –

a gesture of ecological doom.

Coral polyps, their ashen fingers raised


trace the fine print of legislative phrase

revealing truths that we mustn’t impugn,

whiten as the politicians betray


our children’s future and reef as it weighs

heavy on the tide of rhetoric strewn.

Coral polyps with ashen fingers raised


conduct the coda of coal’s song of praise,

notes drift like silt over cities immune

that blacken as our politics betray.


In the North, as the island palm trees sway,

divers map bleached reef like marble hewn –

coral polyps, like ashen fingers raised,

whiten as our politicians betray.



Kristin Hannaford




Photos in collage from: CSIRO CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

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