Letters to the Editor

Poem: Musing at an Archaeological Dig on Yukon Island, Kachemak Bay

Her purple nylon jacket’s electric clash

against the beach kaleidoscope of brown

reminds of what we do to nature’s ground

when we invade the wild, all proud and brash

Our aim, it seems, is just to stir and smash

whatever nature’s grown and set in place


we shatter silences and crowd our living space,

acidify, pollute, and create trash.

We shift big rivers, level peaks, and bash

whole species to oblivion — they won’t return

we send CO2 aloft with only small concern

and like to think we act with fine panache.

And yet, we sometimes do a few things right

we dig in pits and bring some pasts to light.

— Marie Lundstrom


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