Lost Worlds

by B. Barker, USA

Look up! Any time of night 
you'll see blinking lights 
of airplanes crossing 
from horizon to horizon 
and you won't see the milky way. 

Listen hard! Any time of day 
you'll hear the growl of a motor 
burning oil or the hum 
of some electric spinning 
and you won't hear the leaves in the breeze. 

Our pollution extends beyond smog 
and toxins as we contaminate perception 
itself, like a once pristine glacier 
covered with emptied bottles of water.


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