Writers’ Weir: ‘Cause and Effect’

Belugas no longer visit, he laments,

and the sea ice thins earlier every year.

His house sinks as permafrost no longer is.

Seabirds wash up on the beach

as their prey migrate to cooler waters.

He must take his four wheeler further

to find caribou and gas gets more expensive,

he says as he adjusts his Exxon Mobil cap.

— Richard Stokes


• The Capital City Weekly accepts submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction for Writers’ Weir. To submit a piece for consideration, email us at editor@juneauempire.com.


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