Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Green Poetry by Trisha Bora

margot and the nuclear so and so’s by the seaside
low trumpet. maudlin moon.
jellyfish crawl through wry skies
and cast stars into a bedlam night
azure, cerulean, teal, emerald -
deepwater horizon shades belie
its dark skin and rotting root. 
spring hymns perish - catapult
from our pockets and flap
ultraviolet on the sludgy sand -
and beacon light rests a moment
on a bobbing skiff alive with the
rogue verses of a pirates’ chantey
‘oh I steered from sound to sound
as I sailed. and all the ships I found
on this way I did burn as I sailed.’
margot and the nuclear so and so’s
dip their greasy bruising knees
in the ruffled froth of a spewing sea.
they’ve been undone by the girl
with charlatan skirts that spin
dreams like a roulette wheel.
salmon dawn breaks reluctantly.
the fishermen return with heavy nets
and the mariner puts to bed his rime.
Author's note: The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is one of the biggest environmental disasters of this century. While four hundred different wildlife species, such as whales, tuna, shrimp, dozens of species of birds, land animals such as the grey fox and white-tailed deer, and amphibians such as the alligator and the snapping turtle have been put on the endangered list, BP and the US govt. play a game of 'whodunnit'.
Trisha Bora is an editor and writer who has been away from her hometown – Assam – for many years now and currently lives in Delhi. Her poems have been published at Ultra Violet, Poetry Super Highway, Pytra Journal, nth position, Asia Writes, Nether Magazine, among others. She often reads her work at the Delhi Poetree Society. 

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  1. wonderful....keep writing more. lovely dutta

  2. I'm so glad we got to run this. And thanks for stopping by lovely dutta!

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