Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Before the City Sinks"

This poem came out of the March 17, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "water" square in my 3-1-20 card for the Food Fest Bingo.

"Before the City Sinks"
-- a sonnet

The fires send up carbon to the sky,
Which warms the earth beneath the baking sun
And from the glaciers rivers swiftly run
To raise the ocean's waters where they lie.

In Venice, rising water turns the eye
As buildings sink, foundations near undone.
The barriers asea are overrun;
Stone lions strive to hold their noses high

The time is now to act while yet we may,
Put out the flames and save what things we can,
Before the city sinks beneath the waves --

Else Venice will become like lost Pompei
A marker for the foolishness of man
Where innocent lie bones in restless graves.

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The sonnet is a classical form of poetry with 14 lines.  Learn how to write one.

Venice suffers increasing floods because the ocean is rising at the same time the city is sinking.  

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