By Kara Lewallen
The rising of the sea…
Oh, how very troubling it is to me.
Goodbye sandy beaches where surfers go to crest the waves.
Goodbye to beach towel heaven where wrinkled skin soaks up the rays.
Farewell to habitat amongst the sand dregs.
Where will the sea turtles go to lay their eggs?
I once knew an island or 100 islands that floated so spectacular in the blue waters.
Now, they are gone... and how about those sea otters?
Rainbows of corals... a garden in the ocean.
How to restore them… is there a mathematical quotient?
Those white mountains of ice and a powerful white bear claw,
all just a memory of when glaciers stood tall.
New York City, Miami, San Francisco, and Baltimore, you had your heyday,
but now... you will be no more.
East Coast, West Coast, Gulf Coast it makes no difference...
The water is rising, no matter your preference.
What will you drink when the salinity of the sea fills your sink?
What will you grow when your soils are full of salt and your plants wither and die?
It makes ME want to cry.
Will going to the beach ever be the same again?
When sea levels rise,
Now, what do YOU think?