SIDE EFFECT | Cassandra Voices




So few cars on our Manhattan street
Pigeons leaving nests that swirl between
Highrise ledges, fearless land to eat
Any mid-street grain or scrap they glean.

Told to stay at home most acquiesce.
Now we learn how unbeknownst we spare
Our New York as we’re emitting less
Long-lived greenhouse gases in the air.

Same in Paris, London, Madrid, Rome.
If our frenzied whirl restarts, when pressed
To create more jobs and we leave home,
Will we foul then worse our global nest?

Covid fear amends our habitat –
Nature’s own backhanded caveat.

Micheal O’Siadhail’s The Five Quintets was published in 2018, he now lives in New York.

Image: Constantino Idini


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