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When Captain Planet Can’t Save Us

It snowed in the Sahara Desert.
The Great Barrier Reef is dead.
Texas has no winter and
still I always need a sweater.
 
The Great Barrier Reef is dead
but Disney/Pixar didn’t get the memo.
I wore a sweater during Finding Dori,
did not cry or finish the movie.

Disney/Pixar still don’t know
their formula is like Australia’s coral.
I did not cry or finish Finding Dori,
was not interested in movies made after.

Australia’s coral is dead, bleached and faded.
Less than 100 Florida panthers roam the wild.
Stories of their sharp teeth do not interest me.
Nature documentaries make me want to die.

Less than 100 Florida panthers know freedom.
They will say, “Better captive than dead.”
Nature documentaries are too life-like, too real.
When we burn, the flames are called beautiful.

Cages are offered as the only alternative to death.
Last year it snowed in the Sahara Desert.
When we burn, our captors call it beautiful.
Our bodies have never known winter.

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