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Anthology: The Rising and Falling Tides

This is the Ageing Ocean

14702474_1322727277738544_1970579317567606553_nShe is the baby in blue,
with her face of innocence
longing for her voice
to be heard.


She is a trembling child,
the smell of driftwood
on her knees.

bowseatShe is twelve years old,
realising the lie that
surrounds her life
The plastic human lie.

She is a mourning mother,
holding the carcasses
of her children,
the albatrosses choked by plastic.


She is old now,
greying hair and half-moon glasses,
wrinkled elephant skin.
She looks at herself in the reflection,
and knows there is no future left
for the girl who never had a voice.

From her heart to mine

She has the heart of
a glowing splint,
a faint diminishing glow.


She has the skin
pierced with fragmented plastic,
scars she didn’t cause.


I forgot to care for her.
I forgot to listen to her call.
I remember the plastic I left behind.

She has the legs of
a crippled soldier,
unable to avoid the plastic trap.


She has the hands of
an innocent criminal,
cuffed and restrained by plastic bottles.


I forgot to care for her.
I forgot to listen to her call.
I remember the plastic I left behind.

I have her blood on my hands.
I have her heart in mine.


I remember to care for her.
I remember to listen to her call.
There is no plastic I left behind.

She Holds Me Tightly

I wade through the ocean,
she holds me tightly.

I hold my breath and listen.
Amongst the violent screams
of the waves behind us,
she yearns for a voice
to remind us
of the animals dying each year
at the hands of our plastic.

If only we thought
to ask the ocean,
before releasing the
plastic bags,
the urban tumbleweeds.

If only we thought
to ask the ocean,
and think about the consequences
and outcomes of our actions.

A 1.25 inch fish
with our 84 pieces of plastic.
A disrupted food chain
at the hands of our plastic.

I wade through the ocean,
cleaning up our mess.
I wade through the ocean,
she holds me tightly.

-E Wen Wong (2016)

http://fromthebowseat.org/downloads16/16M-PO-2-Wong.pdf
http://fromthebowseat.org/winners-2016-ms.php#