how will we handle
a no bouncing back mechanism
permanent change

we tell ourselves after rain comes shine
travel far and beyond to return home
work towards war during peace

the carbon dioxide will not leave
our seas will not un-rise
warming will not cool

there is no equilibrium to return to
arrival at this new normal

In the Working Group I contribution to the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC, scientists warned for irreversible changes in our climate due to global warming (IPCC, 2021). This poem explores this concept of irreversibility.