Evidence: Start of Spring

“Start of Spring” is one of 14 climate change indicators. It tracks the start of spring for each year, using model estimations of when enough heat has accumulated to initiate growth (leafing and flowering) in temperature-sensitive plants. Observed changes in the start of spring reflect the overall warming trend in the climate system. (U.S. Global Change Research Program)

Photo ©2017 Jen Payne, from the upcoming book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.

Sugar and Spice

No. I won’t BE NICE.
Don’t for a moment think
it’s not my right to ask the questions.

Do not speak to my protest
with that patronizing tone.

No. I will not quell my laugh.
Do not think your CONVICTION
changes my outrage.

No. I will not stop.
No. I will not stop.
No. I will not stop.

That’s what little girls are made of.

Poem ©2017, Jen Payne. Photo of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke being an ass courtesy of Huffington Post.
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Yay, Bombs!

In my ear
Joni sings

They won’t give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had

while a fighter jet passes and social media erupts
with news of Raytheon stocks rising


but hardened hearts are not so enthused
nor easily seduced by the economic


This is no war cry
on my cheek,
but sympathy for a race
still lost.

Poem ©2017, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month, 7. Photo from IMS Vintage Photos.