letter to Pablo

the snow-clad collars
will swim next to them
the dead indifferent to displayed roots

they ask how to beg
now the water rises to the homes of the gentlemen

the poor still live below
except it is everybody till half-way up now
nothing rose at night, it was there all along

the sea comes to them
it needs more ruins, more chairs, more dead
to calm its terror

the waves bang bodies
at your laundries' flood wall


This poem builds on Canto General, the work of Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda and how climate change might alter the observations as written by this influential poet over the period 1938 to 1950.