Climate Changed

We do not struggle to understand

we are reluctant to remember

with one eye open

and the other eye closed

we watched her being eaten

and eat too.

some of us eat through our own mouth

some of us eat through the mouths of our neighbours

some eat through the mouths of ancestors 

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And let us not forget what some ancestors have eaten.

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In devouring we forgot, we too, are devoured 

 

In devouring her, we forget, we devour ourselves

we are afraid to realise

that the climate has changed

and we have too.

It all happened in a forgetful sleep

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As we continue to look away 

sleep walking in a frenzy of mastication

wasps in my stomach scuttle,
fizz and hiss

they shiver up through my throat

their protest fills my eyes and ears with white noise

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In devouring her,
we forget,
we devour ourselves

Dear child of the setting sun

a new world is being born

the old world's maps are falling obsolete

and their direction growing dim

gather your wits

prepare your tools

and grasp the hands of your sister

the winds have changed

and the whispers of dawn

call for new map makers

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