The Drought of ’22

Huddle close ye destroyers and sirrah
Come see the relics of bygone eras

Behold your spat out bodies, keepsakes
Forsaken and lodged in dried up lakes

Bronze aged artifacts pregnant with verdigris
Rusting Bud cans exposed within mans hybris

All being revealed from under Ma Ganga’s feet
Rivers once the life blood, boiled by record heat

Sun-dried evidence even still climate denied
Lack of rain couldn’t be man made, they decry

A 1200 year drought, who cares look at Miley’s dress
Scarce water yet ignorance, pablum and apathy in excess

The body of missing teen found plastered over headlines
Barely mentioned, the lake and its 500 year low waterline

A society that buries itself in fantasy buying virtual land
Will eventually realize that our bodies cannot drink sand

For the River, Gone challenge at earthweal

Published by subversopus

I am a loveable and squeezable poet and writer. I live in beautiful Oregon with my cat and boyfriend. I love long distance hiking and have completed the entire lengths of the Appalachian Trail (2002, 2014) The Pacific Crest Trail (2012) and the Continental Divide Trail in (2013). Please check out my blog, and my poetry only blog, Cheers and have a kick ass day!!!

16 thoughts on “The Drought of ’22

  1. This poem tells it like it is. We are addicted to “reality” tv (perhaps the most ironic term ever, as we remain oblivious to actual reality), and scarcely notice rivers drying up, as long as they’re not in our back yard. A hard-hitting poem, to wake people up, and so well done. Lovely to meet you at earthweal.

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  2. Sanctuary Meta Incorporated
    is to be consolidated, from the
    thinning air, into the resurrected
    Tower of Babel by the royal decree
    of the Abomination of Desolation
    Propriety Limited ™
    A penthouse suite has been
    reserved for you, if you have the
    money, Honey? I got mine for free.

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    1. Ha thanks for the comment…David much love. No penthouse suite for me however because I have been deemed a “useless eater” As a World Economic Forum member recently said. Me and my ilk will be turned into soilent green to feed the next generation of “Useful eaters” AKA persons making at least 7 digits yearly….

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  3. How long will it take for the virtual world to awaken from its dream, sick of drinking sand from meta glassware? Too long, I fear. And for all the human elements obviously deranging now from lack of water, biospheres are dying of thirst. Tellingly and achingly told here. How sad we must write these poems. Thanks so for bringing yours to earthweal. – B.

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