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