As the Sun pours its rays on Earth's dust Airless clouds whirl in russet and rose Rivers sink into cracks in the crust Grasses burn as a dreadful wind blows There were years when the mallows grew tall Scarlet petals would sip on the dew When the mist from a cool waterfall Wetted rocks where the mosses once grew Wading birds stalked their prey in the ponds That the beavers had fashioned from creeks Lady ferns produced copious fronds Made to moisten the wading birds' beaks Lack of snow did away with the streams Lack of plants led to ever less rain We accepted extremer extremes But we hoped for a less painful pain We watch robins peck dirt to find food In days past, they found worms everywhere But as drought baked away plenitude Easy meals grew increasingly rare They say corn on the cob was a treat That our grandparents ate long ago Maize was bred to survive summer heat But not hundreds of days in a row Warming waters drove fish from the shores And the size of the catches went down Now we never find fish in the stores Under ninety-nine dollars a pound Steaming trucks inch along buckled roads River barges lay trapped in the sand Cargo pilots fly overweight loads And then pray for a safe place to land Global warming exceeded our fears Now there's nothing the experts can do All their warnings just fell on deaf ears And the poets are drying... up... too...
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