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John Raffetto

Climate Change

Climate Change

The perch in Lake Michigan
are using anti-depressants.
Don't forget the lonely Spotted Owls
addicted to xanex
as they find shelter
in Pacific Coast pulpwood.
Then there is the howler monkey
who prefers natural St. John's Wort
to soothe jangled nerves.

Yes the list is long.

The only way out is
out,
pushed from fragmented habitats,
an exodus
to a zoo
as human botany
observes
iphone in hand
a selfie
deleted
of natural history
a cry
in a mounted museum.

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John Raffetto is a lifelong resident of Chicago. Some of his poetry has been published in print and various online magazine such as Gloom Cupboard, Wilderness House, BlazeVox, Literary Orphans,Olentangy Review & Exact Change. Nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2017. Holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Northeastern Illinois University. Worked as a horticulturalist and landscape designer for many years at the Chicago Park District which was a rich environment for drawing inspiration for poems concerning nature, people and the city. Currently he is an adjunct professor at Triton College.

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