Another Victim Of Global Warming - Poem by Jim Dunlap
Will some future storm be the vehicle
Of the Gulf's liquified penetration,
And New Orleans suffer the fate
Of titanic and swift inundation?
Might Mardi Gras fade into memory
And carnival flourish no more;
While new marine denizens frolic,
And aquatic, finned creatures soar?
One envisions Neptune trailing banners
Of seaweed festooned with pale lights
Of luminescent and tiny sea creatures
(the souls of long gone water sprites?) .
Storefronts will grow green with algae
As barnacles sprout on their walls.
Bright-colored fishes will gather in schools
To explore water-logged shopping malls.
Multi-tentacled, ink-spewing octupi
Might pass like cops strolling their beat:
Some people may say 'not much has changed.'
There'll still be sharks on Bourbon Street.
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