Poetry

Climate Anxiety

TRYNNE DELANEY

From Watch Your Head, an anthology of writing in response to the climate crisis, edited by Kathryn Mockler with others. Published by Coach House Books in 2020.

the grocery store is out of tofu

in calgary.

o town that runs on beef and crude oil,

understocked soy blocks a sign of hope

when the city’s usually just coughing

its way out of smoke this time of year.

now, instead,

the amazon’s burning for profit

and everyone’s so scared of death

they forget some of us will survive

The End –

mass extinction doesn’t happen in a day!

yap the dinosaur jaws compressing below us

and if climate change is getting you down

you can send a gif of jeff goldblum

through a server system

that will burn as much fuel

as the airline industry

by 2020.

it’s all pretty bleak

but you know, uh,

life, uh, finds a way.

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TRYNNE DELANEY

Trynne Delaney’s work has been published in CV2, Carte Blanche, GUTS and These Lands: A Collection of Voices by Black Poets in Canada. They live in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal).


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