love; formless. expansive
and wants you within it
gently afloat and alive

the Aral Sea slowly drains
into the desert

its tributaries leeched into
muddy sluices

oozing into Uzbek cotton fields
to be harvested by child slaves

whatever the opposite of love is
also does heavy lifting in the herethere.




Photo credit:  www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2009/03/aral_sea/

Watch the Aral Sea’s eastern basin disappear – interactive







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