letter to Walt

your voluptuous coolbreathed earth
does not smile anymore
the mountain’s misty tops have melted
the waters won't be mottled again
her lovers did everything to betray the love
of apple-blossoms
unspeakable passionate hate
the grass forgot

the gum in our eyes in need of soap
these contemptible dreams
this timid wading
jump off in the midst of a risen sea

travel that road within reach
the grass cannot afford to keep lying by


This poem builds on Leaves of Grass, the work of American poet Walt Whitman and how climate change might alter the observations as written by this influential poet in 1855.