Invitation to Interstellar Circus Lovers
by Ellen E. Taylor
The purple swamphen charts the flow
Of Taurus mountain’s melted snow
Deaf to din of Shock and Awe
Atop her roost of reeds and straw.
Reflecting fireball and star
Euphrates flows through Al Hammar.
Though missiles blast Eid pieties
Her fiery-beaked societies
Make peace with vengeance, dams and drought
And hatch their baby swamphens out.
Purple urchins, in grim host
Have gobbled the Pacific Coast
Kelp forests: whales, eels, otters banished
When their generous jungle vanished.
Urchin barrens scar the shelves
Where the seas have starved themselves.
As Seals their sonars calibrate
Aquatic drones drill and parade
Where cetaceans lately strayed.
Buy your tickets in advance
For the cosmic fire-dance!
Get a ringside seat, enjoy
As pyrotechnic sets deploy
And plutocrat clowns vault and play
Above the grand auto da fe.