What’s To Like?

A granite skull rose from the desert floor,

symbol of our demise,

in the 115 degree searing Egyptian heat.


We took a selfie with the Sphinx

for the fun of it, and titled it,

our seven thousand mile carbon footprint.


And then, we were off to Paris, to dine

near the Spanish Steps, and

post a photo of our dinner on FB.


From Paris to our favorite restaurant in Seattle

for clams, before clams die out.

Remember clams? Their beds forever buried deep

beneath the oil slick. What a pity, such a waste

when the pipes burst.

How many miles and tanks of gas lost,

spoiled, ruined?


Buenos Aires for breakfast with our dear friends.

But mostly, what we do is eat delicious meals

prepared with imported ingredients

from home sweet home.


Do you like my website, how we wrecked the world?

That’s me, the amateur ecologist standing

before the Sphinx

in the land of dead pharaohs and pyramids.


Author: Al Simmons

Al Simmons has been quoted on the front page of The New York Times. Poet-In-Residence, City of Chicago, 1979-80. Founder of The World Heavyweight Poetry Championship Fights, Chicago/Taos, New Mexico, 1979-2001. Nominated for a 2021 SFPA’s Rhysling Award. His work has appeared in 35 journals, magazines and anthologies since January 2017, including Forage, Your Impossible Voice, Star 82 Review, Alcyone, A Magazine of Speculative Fiction, Issues II & III, Former People Journal, The Sum Journal, Rune Bear Magazine, Genre: Urban Arts, Thin Air, Red Coyote, Heron Clan VII, Kanstellation Magazine, Abyss and Apex, Issue 76, Art In The Age of Covid-19, and The Martian Wave, Hiraeth Publishing. He lives in Alameda, California. See more at simmonsink.blogspot.com.

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