We continue today, the day before National poetry Day, with a climate lies poem from Dom Conlon. Dom launched onto the children’s poetry scene with Astro Poetica, illustrated by Jools Wilson, a collection of poems inspired by space and praised by Nicola Davies, Jon Culshaw, George Szirtes and many more. Since then he has been published in magazines and anthologies whilst performing and teaching in schools and libraries around the North West. He’s a regular guest on BBC Radio Lancashire where his poetry covers everything from the universe to grief. Dom’s work can be read here.
There is no new land to discover
The law passed in the year
making it illegal to make anything
which could not biodegrade
but change came too late
they’d already climbed into the plastic bath
and cut it loose from the plumbing
plug plugged in taps stopped
as the latest flood
licked away the wall like a stamp
sending them out through the town clutching
each other like loofahs
but all we found all we have of them now
is the rubber duck
squeaking its parched cry over a sea of bags
whispering in the wind of days out days shopping
days caught below a storm filled with gossip
of how the world does not need saving.
© Dom Conlon
Great Climate Lies poem, Dom, thank you.