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Archipelago

by Davin Faris (US)

August 2022

Write the World Review

Audio: "Archipelago," read by Davin Faris

The air wept to welcome us
or name us a siege.

From the sky I saw endless gray rivers,
older than the cliché of arteries

and even miles beneath us, I could still pick out
the sand bars barely submerged, the roil of sediment.

Over ocean, the clouds became our islands.
Imagine a fairy tale archipelago, all cotton soft—

sometimes fables and lies are no less true.
The blue heartbreak of water might be the sky, which blackens, too.

But my favorite part of flight is the descent, the landing
when the miracle is undone

and everything returns to pumpkinseeds and mice,
quilts of land and stitched roads. A wash of red rooftops.

Only the air is made new. Wracked by salt
and sun burnt,

thick as tide, it sweeps past palms and calls to us:
You, you are the stranger here.

You are the miracle in this ocean.
You are the lie.




Davin Faris, 16, lives in Maryland. He is a student, climate justice organizer, and writer of poetry and fiction.

#Climate Change          #Environment          #Nature

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12/3/22, 12:37 AM

Gretel Alberta

11/19/22, 9:15 AM

This is a masterpiece.... Well done

Kerenhappuch

10/12/22, 2:00 AM

An amazing piece on climate change. Congratulations!

Kerenhappuch

10/12/22, 1:58 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love this! Could read this over and over again.

Kerenhappuch

10/12/22, 1:56 AM

Such a beautiful piece Lyat. Congratulations!

Keren-happuch

10/12/22, 1:54 AM

From your piece, you're an inspiration and a driven person who wants to make the world better. I hope you get to achieve all these and I hope you receive all the support.

Keren-happuch

10/12/22, 1:48 AM

Brilliant and educative in all aspects!

Keren

10/12/22, 1:43 AM

Everything about this piece has perfectly collided with the perfect words. Teen years are special and form a concrete part of a person's life. Glad I read this now. It's a beautiful piece.

Keren-happuch

9/29/22, 4:40 PM

Lovely piece!

Tom Lofft

9/24/22, 2:13 PM

Was this inspired by flights over Iceland?

Sydney

9/24/22, 10:04 AM

Amazing. I love it.

Allison

9/23/22, 7:34 AM

This is just so good!!!! "The air has been poisoned' I love how you describe things! Congrats :))