Pondering the Future from Under a Shady Tree

There are storm clouds gathering away in the distance, away from this brilliant light blue lagoon, fringed by the brown and grey looking reef over which the waves occasionally break from the deep, dark blue ocean that surrounds and stretches away to the distant horizon dotted with other tiny coral outposts.

Low tide reveals a sandbank not before noticed, a sliver of yellow surrounded by blue that will disappear come lunchtime when high tide returns and waves lap against the concrete seawall, set just metres from my little hut, which is already eroding away as the storm clouds loom ever closer.

Half a metre of sea-level rise and this could all disappear for good, or become just another tidal sandbank, another sliver of yellow on someone’s horizon. And what of Hashim, or Jaya, or Moosa? And what of the islands they call home? But still, they serve with a smile, unfailingly polite and pleasant and I wonder what their children will inherit once the storm clouds finally arrive?

About George Fripley
I am a writer who enjoys writing humour, satire, poetry and sometimes a bit of philosophy. I live in Perth, Western Australia and occasionally get a poem or article published. It's all good fun! I have two books available for unwary readers, Grudges, Rumours and Drama Queens- The Civil Servant's Manual (This contains all that anybody could ever want to know about why government runs so slowly) and More Gravy Please! - the Politician's Handbook. (available through Amazon)

2 Responses to Pondering the Future from Under a Shady Tree

  1. rose says:

    It may not happen. I know they say it will. But they’ve been saying it for some time now and it hasn’t yet. Still, if it does, I guess ‘sorry’ won’t be sufficient.

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