Mourn for the Earth
by Ann Christine Tabaka

dangling by a string
beneath an ink-blot sky
arcing overheard
all around
silence falls

a dying world lifts its eyes to heaven
praying for another chance
circumstances beyond its control
have doomed it slave to mortal man

apathy and neglect
march across earth’s form
eons of greed
scar its surface

time passes
the blight of transgressions advance
beyond atonement
beyond repair

the world stands still once again
the quiet is so deafening
that a breath cannot be heard
above the calm of mourning

Previously published by Pomona Valley Review, August 2021.

PAINTING: Mourning Story by Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1991).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. Winner of Spillwords Press 2020 Publication of the Year, her bio is featured in Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020 and 2021, published by Sweetycat Press. She is the author of 14 poetry books. She lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and four cats. Her most recent credits are Sparks of Calliope, The Closed Eye Open, Poetic Sun, Tangled Locks Journal, Wild Roof Journal, The American Writers Review, The Scribe Magazine, The Phoenix, Burningword Literary Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, The Silver Blade, Pomona Valley Review, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, and Fourth & Sycamore. Visit her at Find links to her work here.