(from Endless Circles)

by Jackie Fa’asisila

I can feel

The sweat upon my brow

As days grow warmer and warmer

Greens turn to brown

Parched lands thirst for rain

Farmers struggle

To make subsistence meet

Fishers fear

Coral bleaches: species disappear


I can feel

Winds and rain lash out

Death and destruction in their wake

The intensity of floods, cyclones and tsunamis

Strong and frequent


Fear planted in the minds of young ‘uns

Desperation in the hearts of the old

Change brought about by man’s action

Always wanting more, easier, better


Choices impact others in a far off sea

Snatch lives and homelands

Fill hearts with fear

Disasters now so common

Almost every year


Global warning

Climate change



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