Taken from the brilliant poetry initiative by Carol Ann Duffy in The Guardian: Keep It On The Ground: 20 Poems on Climate Change.
This poem is short and simple but powerful.
Still Life with Sea Pinks and High Tide - Maura Dooley
Thrift grows tenacious at the tide’s reach.
What is that reach when the water
is rising, rising?
Our melting, shifting, liquid world won’t wait
for manifesto or mandate, each
warning a reckoning.
Ice in our gin or vodka chirrups and squeaks
dissolving in the hot, still air
of talking, talking.