LOST AT SEA and AT A LOSS by Catherine Young are from her poetry collection Geosmin.
LOST AT SEA considers how coal has given us light, heat, electricity, clothing, medicines—but it is fossil fuel, sunshine stored in carbon, and it has been the major contributor to climate change—which in turn leads to glacial melt and sea level rise.
AT A LOSS refers to “at a loss for words” for the amazement of the living land here in Southwest Wisconsin and concern for what we could lose. The word Migizi – at the end of the poem is the Anishinaabemowin word for bald eagle. Migizi flies at dawn to see if humans remember to greet the day so that the world may continue. And canon refers to a song round that wraps round and round.