The dolphins carry on
Soaring, bowing and breaching
For hours and hours
In waking dreams
The bronze statue
Of the god of the seas
No longer in human memory
And every reverie
And fantasy
Imparting
And Hinting
At the evanescent nature
Of what is brief as rain
As an answered or forgotten prayer
In an unfinished chapter
In the story that ends or begins

 

Far from radiant city lights
But not far enough
The marine creatures swim
Through warm oceans
Where carbon dioxide has dissolved
And made for an acidic home
Marine life scatters
Migration unfolds
Hawksbill turtles can’t find beaches
To lay eggs
Because the islands aren’t there anymore
The moon of the Maldives
Wonders at the sight
Of little crumbs of island nations
Melting like sugar
Vanishing into the night