Poets speaking up to Adani – Linda Stevenson

 

Adani Coal Mine Approved

 

 
It pares down
to the palest of skies
to a native fledgling
thirsty, untended
 
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
undisturbed
 
carrying the young bird
with us
as our token.
 

 

Great Barrier
 

 

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.

 

 

Linda Stevenson

 

‘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

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