Lunar signals on Earth 
being a sign of splotched deficits 
deficits that are ashen 
prone to protracted psychological cholera

so as seas rise
blindness builds as vertiginous nostrums
as blizzards by analysis 
being corpse by rising corpse 

mathematics according to protracted weather 
yet rise of the seas as monumental assault never addressed in terms of tonnage of gallons  
in terms of inundated harbors 
of flooded spill ports 
or any other grasp of the land 

this disfigured moon as sign 
as splotched aerial configuration 
as living nightmare chalice 
as if all composed water had lost its tension 
perfectly predicted by living indigenous hand count 

I am thinking of the hand as fractionation so to ascend beyond drawn estimate creating in its wake 
darkened solar implication 
being invisible refugee in Arnhem Land being alive beyond counted scale as timber beyond
corresponding human desolation 

Copyright © 2022 by Will Alexander. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 28, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.