“Crisis” by A.H. Berry
I sit and hear my lover say
“I want to grow old with you”
and I wonder
how old is old?
and will we be aged by time
or by trauma
handed to us by the generations
that tried to eat money
and left us with nothing but
Storms on the street and
storms in the polls
storms of science and faith and the
division between them
a storm of dust and waves of heat
making breath harder to catch
and a storm of students
holding repurposed cardboard
blocking the roads
begging to see their future
Reality is burning
in a world of masochists
but I’m not used to the pain yet
so as futile as it seems
I do what I can
to lessen it
I have my cardboard, my voice
my love for life
my stomping grounds
stomped with demands for climate justice
and No Planet B
and carbon neutrality now
and holding hands with the ones I fight for
A.H. Berry is a freshman at Vassar.
“Global Warning” by Mika Quinn
This is not a drill.
There will be no evacuations, no alarms, no safe houses for you to stow away your fears.
The alarms have already gone off.
And you have not listened.
We have shouted from the tops of once-glacial fjords,
From the depths of a sea whose cries are muted by your mechanical noise,
Noise that pollutes, pumping out nothing but the remains of what this earth once was,
Nothing but warning signs to listen.
We have stood at the edge of an Earth that is already ending,
Once, you were like us.
Stared down by the threat of a world that would burn to global extinction,
Cornered by fears of sea levels swallowing land whole,
Frightened by the thought that this is because of us.
But now, you are no longer us.
We wonder if you really ever were.
We were not there when you faced the fears we face now;
We do not know what was done or not done or undone,
But we must ask– why are we fighting to be heard?
Why do we have to raise our voices to straining to remind you
of how you
You have not listened. Perhaps you never have.
Because we are prepared to speak.
Because we are aware of everything done, not done, undone.
Aware of the largest threat in this world
that even the president of the United States will not even attempt to fix.
Because we have no wish to continue your tradition of passing on the issues of the previous generation,
Because we do not want to have to explain to our children, and our grandchildren, why the world that they live in,
Is no longer living.
Because if we do not do something now,
We will never get the chance.
And so, yes, we, the youth of this country, the youth of this world, are demanding that you listen.
To act. To try.
Because this is not a drill.
The alarms have already gone off.
NOTE TO VIEWERS: As it has been made clear to us that the current president of the United States and his campaign have no intention of aiding other nations in reducing the effects of climate change, this is not a message for him. It is a message for all current candidates on either side of the aisle, we are asking them to please, do their homework and look into climate change and what it is doing to our planet, and through this research, develop non-harmful ways of addressing climate change and tempering it. It is a message for those smarter than us, asking them to make their findings regarding climate change known, and use it to find solutions, and to tell our leaders that they cannot continue to ignore this crisis.
We thank you for your time.
Mika Quinn is a junior at City College.