Drowned Cities

by Erina Booker

Drowned Cities

by Erina Booker

I am sinking
like Venice,
inextricably sucked
down through
polluted brine;
I wake in
a pool of
cytotoxic perspiration –
acqua alta –
crawl to the strip
of sandbar
at the edge,
the quicksand Lido;
So much for
decadence,
pestilence,
(cholera asiatica,
carcinoma universalis),
antiquity caving
in on itself,
falling angels,
flooded squares;
It’s hard to
feel romantic
when survival’s
the priority –
fetid smells
sucking mud ;
First it took
my sister,
and now me too,
I’m joining you,
Atlantis.

© Erina Booker

©Erina Booker 2015

About Erina Booker

Erina Booker is a writer, teacher, and counsellor, and her life has been largely about words and the many uses of language. She has written poetry for most of her life, studying at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and completing a major in Literature within her Bachelor of Arts degree from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Currently, she has five collections of poems in print. Her sixth, ‘Coalescence’, is her first collaborative venture into the fusion of art and poetry. Her background covers a further range of studies & interests, including Post Graduate Counselling, Applied Science in Medical Imaging, & also Musical Performance with the instruments of piano, flute, and ‘cello. Added to which, she owned and ran a sheep farm in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales for ten years, breeding black sheep, and enjoying the deep connection she feels with the natural world. Her varied experiences inform her writing as she draws on an intricate tapestry of events. Erina Booker lives in Sydney, Australia.

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