Love Poem in a Time of Climate Change (Sonnet IV)

Craig Santos Perez

         after Pablo Neruda

I love you where waves shatter sea walls,

where pipelines burst into liquid fire,

where our only reservoir evaporates

into layers of salt and emergency.

I love you where radiant hurricanes

bloom acid rain from magnetic clouds,

breaking levees and flooding cities.

I love you where coastlines erode,

where habitat thresholds are crossed,

where rainforests turn to ash.

I love you where my passion unravels

your invisible ecologies and unleashes

the romance and hierarchy of survival,

our last and permanent address.

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