A Thawing Habitat by Samuel Illingworth

POEM 8

Sam is a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research is concerned with trying to engage and empower people with science, especially those without a voice. He writes science poems to try and communicate some of the beautiful and important scientific research that is being done on a daily basis, all across the world.

A THAWING HABITAT

Your barren canvas stretches 
Tightly across forgotten states; 
Caught between unforgiving waves 
And starry mountain peaks, 
Your pulse beats unhurriedly 
In this hibernation of solitude. 

Permafrost litters your landscape: 
Continuous, 
Discontinuous, 
Sporadic. 

Its frozen core 
A hard border to 
Fertile soils and 
Future disturbance.

But as the ice begins to melt 
These borders shift; 
Ancient ley lines retreating 
North, 
Cutting new paths
Across a scenery 
That will no longer 

Be forgotten.

Samuel Illingworth
ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY

As The Crisis Escalates…

In our natural world, the issues of climate catastrophe and species extinction is a priority. Stories related to pollution, greenhouse gases, the depleting ozone layer, glacier meltdowns etc. have turned pivotal if we are to attempt to salvage what’s left of our planet earth. We as readers and responsible citizens need to take the threats to our environment seriously. We need to worry about the consequences of damaging the earth and its atmosphere and focus on finding solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.

As climate change continues to wreak havoc on populations across globe, writers are fighting back with words that jolt, motivate, and best of all, provoke one to act.

Through this platform, I’m offering to the readers, a slim anthology of poems on the subject of climate change. Slim, but by no means weak or tepid. This is poetry that investigates human relationships with the environment. Each poem offers a unique perspective on climate change in its own style. All of the poems here are free to read online, and all are worth your time.

The anthology consists of ten poems that will be published weekly, compiled by Vinita Agarwal.

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