Counting on Climate Change by Wynne Brown

Counting on Climate Change

Forty-one seconds
of voice mail

forty-one seconds
of his voice

Hi, Mom.
It’s me.
I don’t know
exactly
what to say?
But
I want to talk to you—

Five years
six months
two whole days

of icy silence

broken

A glacier
tempered
by grief
begins
to melt

calving

into a warming sea

*

Wynne Brown writes from the Arizona lands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Her work has appeared in Persimmon Tree, Wild Roof Journal, Blue Guitar, Oasis Journal, The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide by Eric Magrane and Christopher Cokinos (University of Arizona Press), and Spilled: A Collection by the Dry River Poets (Casa Luna Press). Her most recent book, The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art (2021, University of Nebraska Press), won a 2022 Spur Award for Best Western Biography. She was the 2022 Spring Pima County Public Library Writer in Residence in Tucson. Her website is wynne@wynnebrown.com.

Three Poems by Claire Taylor

yes, it’s probably because of climate change, but still

I like a garden of tulips
sprung too soon
speckled with ice in February
hoping

*

A Winter Meditation

move slowly
these days linger
in the pause
between seasons
everything breaks
down beneath fallen leaves
a promise: frozen ground
softens the earth
turns over
starts again

*

A Healing

post-storm we find a towering maple
collapsed on its side. the City

comes to clear the way
slices trunk and limbs to restore

the road to normal but
they leave the roots

behind, ripped from the ground
and pointing skyward like

hands in prayer

a year later
I walk through the park

alone

and find the roots
have grown over

moss and vines cover
every inch

a new ecosystem

*

Claire Taylor is a writer in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of a children’s literature collection, Little Thoughts, as well as two micro-chapbooks: A History of Rats (Ghost City Press, 2021) and As Long as We Got Each Other (ELJ Editions, 2022). You can find her online at clairemtaylor.com and Twitter @ClaireM_Taylor.