On the Rocks

I’ll have an oil spill
on the rocks.
Earthshaking. Dirty.
I want the works.

Nitrous oxide, CO2,
give me smoke, smog.
Can you fill it to the brim?
Raise the sea levels?

I want heat, flames
fuelled by fossil,
sprayed with acid
to give it that kick.

Rim the glass with coal,
garnish with palm,
put it on my tab.


Ella Duffy is a poet and co-creator of bind. She is a former Foyle Young Poet who has since collaborated with The Poetry Society in working with students and young writers. Her work is featured in Pan MacMillan’s Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse and a selection of her poems has been accepted for the forthcoming issue of The Poetry Salzburg Review.
‘On the Rocks’ was a commended poem in the Melting Ice Challenge 2017, a collaboration between The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich exploring the changing face of the Polar Regions.

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