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21ST-CENTURY POETRY A Whale Laments the Greenhouse

In 2012, the body of a sperm whale was washed up on a beach near Almeria in southern Spain. It had ingested almost an entire greenhouse, which must have been swept out to sea from a water course

Or callousness — or carelessness —  or couldn’t-care-less
waves no longer harness, caress.

Destination wilderness —
swathes of plastic sheeting
that once trapped sunshine
plastic plant pots for cash crop
mess of plastic twine.

Or callousness — or carelessness —  or couldn’t-care-less
waves no longer harness, caress.

Your metaphor spills
from land to sea, kills
for I have no filter for its imagery.

Washed from sea to strand, land —
lifeless.

Or callousness — or carelessness — or couldn’t-care-less
waves no longer harness, caress.

Yet without me —
the world is wanting
the world is less.     

JEANETTE ABENDSTERN                       

Jeanette Abendstern lives in Dumfries. She belongs to High Street Writers and to Rubble, Riot, Chaos, Brain. 21st-century Poetry is edited by Andy Croft, email info@smokestack-books.co.uk.

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