Dear Earth

Dear Earth

I will miss
the Forest Owlet’s big eyes.

I will miss
the Fire-Crown’s long beak.

I will miss
the cute Malabar Civet.

I will miss
the Iberian Lynx,
my favourite.

The Hawaiian Crow,
as black as Halloween

The South China Tiger’s
Wide Stripes

The Beaver’s strong teeth.

The Seychelle Bat’s
Deep purple wings.

The Maui dolphin’s leap.

The Asiatic Cheetah’s speed.

Sudan, the last Northern white rhino
died three years ago.

And for some time –
I’ve been missing Lonesome George,
the final Pinta Island Tortoise,
nine years extinct.