sunday @ 6 literary mag
Dear Christine Davet, Editor
Kindly replace the poem, “The unsalvageable”
with “ The Luncheon, 1873— Claude Monet”
The Luncheon, 1873— Claude Monet
Will enough of us join in?
Earth overdosing on acid
oysters, sea urchins
a world without coral reefs
plankton, pteropod, the sea butterfly
a thinning of shellfish skeletons.
Silver reed basket, its loaf of bread
grandmother’s plain yoghurt,
nougat macaroons, café latte
the falling pH, carbon dioxide
ending up in oceans
all that is left, stinging algae.
Its ripe figs, mulberries,
Le déjeuner set in a walled garden
roquefort and brie, wild asparagus, rosé wine
parasol left on the bench, forgotten there
white linen tablecloth, peach trees
a boy playing with wooden blocks.