"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.