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5/13/2014 8:22:00 AM
A poem on climate change debate

To the Editor:

Enclosed is a poem that speaks to the recent editorial debates regarding climate change:

Ask a woman

if there is such a thing

as global warming

and she will say,

What harm is there

in drinking water from a glass,

sharing a daily commute, 

taking a brisk walk,

taking only what is needed?

Ask a woman if there is such a thing

as climate change

and she will say,

What harm is there

in tending indigenous gardens,

preserving lakes and streams,

protecting a fawn’s nostril flare

to draw in crisp, clean air?

Ask a woman to debate 

such a question

and she will say,

What harm is there 

in maintaining coral reefs, 

safeguarding ancestral forests, 

loving people, 

loving nature, 

over things?

What soul, what society is not elevated 

by a modicum of self-restraint?

Do we really need scores 

of the latest mobile devices, 

one and a half pound steaks, 

and 29 flavors of pop tarts?

Nancy Austin

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