|Small cage with canary bird used in testing for carbon
Hollinger Mine, Timmons, Ontario, Canada. Mine Fire 02/10/1928
Headlines depict the signs accruing.
Still, pernicious practices persist,
heedlessness firmly adhered to.
Denial is all the rage; after all,
there’s no problem compla-
cent cash can’t fix – if
you’ve got enough
of the stuff,
(am I right?)
(ag)es were never
meant to be ignored.
Heed (please) this word
to the unwise – not you & I,
that is, but those (un-)cooperative
others: it’s past time to transmogrify
into coal miners, attune to canaries’ quietude.
Written for 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 2 – A MESSAGE poem