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The Silent Sea MAG

November 5, 2018
By angelamak417 BRONZE, Cerritos, California
angelamak417 BRONZE, Cerritos, California
4 articles 1 photo 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain." --Vivian Greene

In the fractal gaze of the Arctic thaw

Another ice shelf crumbles

The remains of a glacier’s shattered limbs

Collapsing down a slippery slope

Purity dissipating like a fleeting memory

As white reluctantly yields to parched brown


Clinging to the last remnants of ice
with outstretched claws

The polar bears were the first to drown

Weary white specters inseparable
from the snow.

Resigning themselves to the current

Hope always slipping

Another mile away


With truth shielded by thinning drifts of snow

Sweet oblivion becomes as elusive as rare drops of water

Escaping into the salty sea

Yet all we see is just the bare tip of the iceberg

Wistfully melting away


Just below the facade of the shimmering mirror

Where the blue of the sky kisses the blue
of the sea

Lies another teeming world

Covertly silenced by an unseen fever

As the toxic fumes of our ever-burning flames

Spew venom into unsuspecting realms
of effervescence.


Gone are the tangled forests of sea grass

The darting frenzy of flashing fish

Choked by inexorable heat

Smothering out every pocket of air

And leaving desolate ghost-towns

A reminder of past perfection

Taken for granted


And the jeweled coral adorning
the ocean floor

Surrenders its color to the pale veil of death

Fragile, blooming gardens suffocating

Vibrant vitality snuffed by scorching acid

Leaving graves of bleached, hollow skeletons


The sand in the hourglass slips away

Buried by a relentless wave

Lapping at our toes

Pleading for redemption from our sins

As it swallows the shore

And another island sinks in the rising tide


Still, we cast the blame on nature’s fickle mood swings

In our fruitless quest for fool’s gold

Another day, another inch higher, another thousand fish departed

As our fires spread with unquenchable thirst

Setting even the defiant water ablaze


Until we join the polar bears

Floating fish

Coral corpses

Dying of thirst

With saltwater filling up our lungs

To drown in the silent sea.

The author's comments:

Oceans are the lifeline of the earth--if it dies, we inevitably die along with it. With such a huge issue like climate change, it can be overwhelming to try reversing the accumulation of years of damage, but it is imperative to change our direction before it’s too late. Though the tone of my poem is bleak, it paints an image of a likely future where not only marine life is devastated, but also our own. “To drown in the sea” is both literal-- as sea levels continue to rise-- and ironic-- as freshwater runs out.

I wanted to portray the dichotomy between the most apparent consequences and the ones that are less visible, yet still as important. While most are familiar with the issue of receding ice and the plight of the polar bears, these are only the most noticeable indicators of global warming. We don’t always see the destruction that happens under the surface of the water. Fewer people understand the connection between greenhouse gases and processes like acidification, coral bleaching, and depleted oxygen levels, which threaten marine life all over the world.

Despite the fact that climate change threatens every single organism on the entire planet, many leaders still turn a blind eye to the issue or turn it into a partisan debate. If we can’t have global cooperation, then the future is bound to be grim, even catastrophic, as ocean levels rise and life in the waters are forever silenced.

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This article has 3 comments.

on Nov. 30 2018 at 10:22 pm
idk_a_good_username, Cerritos, California
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This is so good ♡

on Nov. 14 2018 at 1:38 am
angelamak417 BRONZE, Cerritos, California
4 articles 1 photo 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain." --Vivian Greene

@Ellie-B Thank you so much! I hope this inspires people out there to make a change, even if it starts out small.

on Nov. 6 2018 at 10:34 am
Ellie-Burns PLATINUM, Louisville, Kentucky
32 articles 1 photo 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.

Wow... this is so powerful. Beautiful job :)

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