SUBMERSIONS OF SORROW

A poem about the flooding canals in Venice, Italy.

Brooke Bolinger, Eyes on Owls Section Editor

Sinking 

sinking

further

down

CRACK!

A shiver runs through a building,

teeters,

falls,

splashing

into the reaching hands of water.

 

Rising

rising

up 

and up

GASP!

The suction

pulls a family in,

choking,

grasping,

sucking

them deeper.

 

Shaking

shaking

trembling

quivering

SNAP!

The storm gate caves in,

falters,

fractures,

splits,

a fissure breaking through.

 

Surging

surging

swirling

rippling

BANG!

A car is shot away in the darkness of a channel,

churning,

frothing,

boiling,

the water teems with fury.

 

Taking

taking

grasping

seizing

LOOK!

The water catches up to those who flee the lagoon,

clutching,

clasping,

clenching,

global warming

devastating

the whimsical world of canals.

 

[This poem is about the flooding waters in the canals of Venice, Italy. These waters have been rising dramatically in recent years due to global warming. I decided to write a poem about this and the research I did to show how much we need to address this issue of climate change. I hope it inspires you to do your own research and see for yourself the changes that are happening in our world.]