Science & Technology
Warming Sonnet
     Ice shelf collapse reveals undersea world
        --MSNBC July 18, 2005

In the Weddell Sea, on the ocean floor
Down in the freezing, sunless sediments
When the aqua blue icebergs calve from shore
Rumble like wrecked heaven in the distance
Carnivorous sponges donít hear a thing
Blind grubs with hairy antennae ooze on
Nematode worms and seed shrimp donít scream
Amoebae spit their larvae on the sea lawn
Foraminifera flaunt pretty shells
Clams lounge supine on bacterial mats
This antediluvian society dwells
On methane from mud volcano flats.
Once thought devoid of life, Antarctic sea
Is de rigueur: scuttling claws as destiny!

Photo Credit:US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Copyright 2008,  Brad Hatfield

Brad Hatfield was born in Yakima, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington where he studied poetry with Nelson Bentley and David Wagoner. His poems have appeared recently in Snow Monkey, WPA Whispers & Shouts. Brad is a Vice President of National Specialty Underwriters, Inc. He has made his home previously in Alaska, California and, since 1990, in western Washington. Brad lives with his companion Rhonda and their son Grayson in Mill Creek.

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