Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Global Warming Blues

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

Global Warming Blues

Article excerpt

The ocean had a laugh

when it saw the shore

I said the ocean had a big big laugh

when it saw the shore

it pranced on up the boardwalk

and pummeled my front door

There's no talking to the water

full of strength and salt

no, there's no bargaining with water

so full of strength and salt

I'm a Mama working two jobs

global warming ain't my fault

I said Please water, I recycle

got a garden full of greens

I said looka here I compost

got a garden full of greens

water say big men drill and oil spill

we both know what that means

now my town is just a river

bodies floatin, water's high

my town is just a river

but I'm too darn mad to cry

seem like for Big Men's livin

little folks have got to die

seems like for Big Men's livin

little folks have got to die

[Author Affiliation]

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Karma's Footsteps (Flipped Eye, 2011) and the poetry editor of the literary magazine African Voices. …

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