Adani Coal Mine Approved
It pares down
to the palest of skies
to a native fledgling
to whether a black stinking
mess of outmoded greed
is claimed as our chosen soil
when we might have lifted
up into the quiet transparency
taking the winds
carrying the young bird
as our token.
Ah Goldman Sachs, the iron grip of incessant
barter, money, shiny pieces. Ah the confluence
of degradation and entitlement.
See this ecstatic ocean, its birds, swells,
sea air that was essence, sweet with perfect salt,
washing living coral, breathing.
See these misguided leaders, floundering,
ethics washed away in a mounting tsunami
of dollars and disgust, pallid, unseasoned.
‘Adani Coal Mine Approved’ was previously published in The Tipping Point (Blank Rune Press, 2015)
Photos in collage from: CSIRO CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) via Wikimedia Commons