Did Angels Stop Singing? poetry by Dr Ali


Did Angels Stop Singing?

In ocean’s toxic ooze,

a dolphin,

the ocean’s canary,

circled like an inmate

in an asylum.

 

How do I breathe oil?

An octopus asked.

How do I eat tar?

a turtle choked.

“How do I unglue my wings,

O’ Oil-monster?”

a black bird convulsed.

 

Once,

loyal to its primal rhythm,

true to its inner fathom,

The ocean breathed,

the planet’s breath.

Life begot death.

Death begot life.

Nature celebrated

its eternal strife.

 

Then

Earth’s belly stabbed

by eco-monsters.

As a drunken medic might,

cut open a soldier’s bowels,

never trained to repair

gaping and festering wounds.

 

Its crust gapping,

the Earth heaved.

Spewing fires

the ocean seethed.

Pelicans died,

Politicians lied,

Oil-monsters thrived,

Demented officials survived.

 

Ocean’s old equilibrium busted,

Oxygen-depleted,

Methane-repleted.

Oxyphils suffocated,

Oxyphobes luxuriated.

Eternal oxygen order violated,

 

People perished,

Animals and plants

Suffered and sickened.

Decades after

The Earth’s belly oozed,

Ocean fermented and fumed,

 

In toddlers guts,

Sugar-fed critters zoomed.

Stomach health ruined,

For decades, for some,

Forever for the doomed.

The Earth trembled,

The heaven screamed,

The deep ocean seethed,

The music ceased.

Did angels stop singing?

Or,

Did people stop hearing?

 

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