Guest Poem by Jonathan Greenhause

Jonathan Greenhause’s first poetry collection, Cupping Our Palms (Meadowlark Press, 2022), was the winner of the 2022 Birdy Poetry Prize, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Fish Anthology, The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Rialto, and The Poetry Society website. This is his 2nd appearance in Acumen.

Our Shrinking Plot of Earth

Blue whales bathe in our birdbath
cradling the Atlantic,

our chilly attic the outer atmosphere,
its drop-ceiling

a cloak of altocumuli.  Our footfalls
extinguish species;

Our breaths brew cyclonic storms;
Each of our verses

is a new tongue.  Inside our firepits,
we replant redwoods,

dump the Sahara into our sandbox,
our master bedroom

melancholically divided into two
by China’s Great Wall.

The water pressure in our shower
is Niagara Falls,

&  the steep steps leading upstairs
are the Himalayas;

yet our roof’s stars keep blinding us
to all these wonders.