Ominous Skies (Photo by Rafael Bergstrom)

The Coming Storm

Whether you believe in God or Gaia

or the persistent prophets of science

severe storms are a gift from above

to show us how vulnerable we are

and how much we need to change.

There is the raging storm we see

and the underlying one we ignore —

the melting glaciers and rising seas

and the angry waves battering the shore.

The hurricane’s swirling stormclouds

and the endless smoke from refineries.

Whatever you believe, do not doubt

the changes we’ve heard and read about:

the scientific predictions of rising seas

the prophetic warnings of coming floods —

all the signs we saw but refused to see.

— Stuart H. Coleman