Wikipedia Poem, No. 64

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Scenario No. 1174a

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an extinction or biotic 
crisis
large-scale mass extinctions 
	marine ambivalence 
in a geologically short 
percent
        large-scale major mass extinctions have 
    significantly used the Earth
more 
   large-scale 
mass extinction rates; 
a biologically short ride, as they say
      microbial plant spectral measurements 
estimates low 
before 
         threshold chosen for Earth such 
   an extinction 
        or biomass extinction 
rate of animal, lovely abundance
	like a gun

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what characters?
what images?
then
what emotions?

& how that 
blankness
projects, flickers
onto the clean 
white wall. where?

where is the heroism?
(cocksure bravado of loss?
the drowning son
saltwater bites his lungs
his inutile hand
breaking the ocean’s lens?

ooh, there
I’ve gone and given it
away—retreat!
peel through the pteridophyta
knee-high, back to skull-island.

they’ll remember you if you tell them
who? what character? 
which image? emotion?

and what will they boil
for tea that morning
after his funeral
— well attended
— tastefully adorned (not too colorful
— a slow silent sob, no one weeps (not even … 

will it be black or green or chamomile
over-steeped or sweetened? how
at a time like this, can one decide
so freshly alive, so gravitationally piqued
washed red-raw with compassion?

those old films
now significant, so
wall space, interior
as if the boy were climbing
our orange tree
higher, then higher
his fearless lungs full
of bitter citrus.

when?
what’s lost?
again, what emotion?