I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

These poems are works in progress and may be updated without notice. Nevertheless copyright applies to all writings here and all photos (which are either my own or used with permission). Thank you for your comments. I read and appreciate them all, and reply here to specific points that seem to need it — or as I have the leisure. Otherwise I reciprocate by reading and commenting on your blog posts as much as possible.

8 June 2016

Coral Loss

More than one-third of coral reefs 
died in the huge bleaching.
We were all caught by surprise.

The previous monster 
lifted background temperatures.

We were all caught by surprise.

Warm seas. Corals expel
tiny photosynthetic algae,
turn white and die.

We were all 
caught by surprise.

Future El Ninos push beyond 
thresholds – including 
the Great Barrier Reef 
and Kakadu.

Banks consider climate.

We were all caught
by surprise.


  1. A depressing reality!...Will it ever stop?!

  2. having eyes we are seeing not...sad, very sad...

  3. I'm sometimes astonished (and annoyed) by societal blindness. We tend to not see things until their killing effects are just moments from ending our lives. Makes no sense. And it makes me sad.

    On a crafty note, love your blackout poem! You captured the essence of the article and made it look easy. Wonderful.

  4. Yes, everyone is caught by surprise, though scientists have been warning of this for decades. I am distressed about the coral reef. I love what you turned the article into - a very wonderful poem!