NaPoWriMo Day 13: Tanka Journal

Situation Critical

Tanka Journal 2022-04-13: Climate Crisis

School tornado drills,
hunched over in the basement,
arms protecting necks,
I recall those--but Midwest
hurricanes, that's something new.

I was one of those
thoughtless boys who delighted
in the crisp and pop
of ants burned under my lens.
Never felt sorry for them.

"As flies to wanton
boys are we to the gods," some
wise old Greek once said,
but we're both god and fly. When
will we show ourselves mercy?

— Carl Bettis