The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Hotter Planet Near You

Climatologists have underestimated the rate of global warming by undersampling the Arctic.  When additional Arctic data were included in the temperature records, 2010 and 2005 emerge as the hottest years on record. 

New data from the Arctic’s now in place
It shows new dangers for the human race:
Twenty-ten’s so far the hottest year
The future’s looking worse than we had feared.
The earth is heating faster than we thought
In quickly rising seas we’ll soon be caught.
But don’t you fret or cry about it, folks –
Our politicians say it’s just a hoax.

1 comment:

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Excellent poem and, sadly, so true.