A Poignant Love Poem, Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

Climate Change Poem (I’ve Heard Talk) By Anthony Anaxagorou

I’ve heard talk of a quiet violence

waiting at the water’s edge

where children learn the earth by golden shores

and gulls decorate shadows with all their height.

I’ve heard the mountains speak of their agony

a gripping smog hurting their stone -

the sparrow and the wren salvage hope from the wind

casting their song over the ears of morning,


I’ve seen the mountaineer conquer

the obstinacy of rock with the smallest

of hands, breath leaving his mouth

like an eruption of ampersands.

I’ve heard the forest’s thin call

as it’s left to shudder under its heavy load,

I remember a time it would climb

to paint the world with its green


where now will the lovers go to know each other’s palms?

How will kisses announce themselves to lips

if the path we’ve walked for so long

becomes lost to the noise we share?

I’ve seen how the willow holds its perennial lean

while cliffs frail as deceit drop to the sea.

A rainbow bought and sold for its skin

is worn like victory by another skyscraper.


Lakes still embrace shoals of fish,

while icebergs melt like snow on lips.

Seasons start to run from each other

while love’s left to shiver on the edge of a leaf.


But there’s still time to rescue the tranquillity

the fragile space between parks, pitches and sea –

the cosmos in all its wonderment and us,

a blink in its starry eye.

I’ve heard of this kind of dying before

slow, white and expansive. I’ve followed

the groan and made my lungs from the trail.


We are building new rain,

We are harbouring less sight


an infant tilts his head skywards

and asks his mother what’s beyond

she takes him by the hand and says


we will shape the brilliant and new

I very much like you have been saved so many times by a view

yesterday the sun whispered into the moon’s ear

and the moon trembled, turning white with fear.

The Climate Coalition is the largest group of people in the UK dedicated to tackling climate change, with our sister orgs @SCCscot and @SCCCymru

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