The Coral's Grief
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The warming of oceans by greenhouse gases emitted by human activity has caused large-scale death of coral reefs. A hat tip to Dylan Thomas' 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Dark Night', as I nicked his villanelle refrain.

Do not concede the gentle coral's grief
Attend the lessons nature has to teach
Rage, rage against the dying of the reef

Great oceans flow too warm and not too brief
So polyps spit out algae, turn to bleach
And gentle corals fade to death-white grief

The gas-cooked greenhouse climate is the thief
Of life from barriers great and praised in speech
Rage, rage against the dying of the reef

The profit-maker and the finance chief
Will calculate the budget will not reach
Enough to stop the gentle coral's grief

Gaze down glass-bottomed boats in disbelief
At global treaties vetoed, sunk and breached
Rage, rage against the dying of the reef

The tide is running out to bring relief
To fight to save the life beyond the beach
Do not concede the gentle coral's grief
Rage, rage against the dying of the reef