I used to be beautiful.
I used to be happy.
I used be bountiful and willing to give.
But then something changed.
I am no longer beautiful.
My pristine blue waters are suffocating in red.
I am no longer happy.
The life within me is perishing.
I am no longer able to give,
and yet you keep taking and taking.
I am sick.
I have a fever and my temperature’s rising.
The chemicals you use to make your food perfect spread through me like a disease,
Summoning algae to the surface of my waters,
Blocking the sunlight, choke the species that live inside me.
You see it happening –
Florida, California, Gulf of Mexico, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay.
Do you regret? Would you turn back the time if you could?
Hypoxia strangles me.
Domoic acid poisons me.
I can’t breath in all the toxic algae.