“Love in the Time of Coral Reefs” by Ruth Mundy

My new , favourite,poignant  love song.
Lyrics here, You Tube performance embedded below.

“If only I had known you, in the time of coral reefs, before we lost the permafrost when there were Bears up there, were Bears up there.
We could have met, fallen in love, could have got  married and had kids, If we wanted, it could have been simple for us two simple for us  do you think we could have travelled, could we have managed a mortgage,sent our kids to local schools and campaigned to change the rules so that we wouldn’t pull the ladder up behind us like our parents did to us.
Could we have been better, done better?
If we’d loved before the seas  swallowed the coasts before the wild fires spread our heads only full of love, I would have loved you.

We would have made our vows on a Island nations drowned we’ve let them go ’cause we were richer they were poorer, we were better, they were worse … off.
So we watched them sink without a word, ignored the screams, ignored the screams, ignored the Gulf Stream slowing down, ignored the drip of melting ice,the drip drip drip of melting ice.

Do you remember when we still had time, if not to reverse things well at least not to cause worse things we decided not to, it was, easier not to.

Remember when we thought that it was windmills on hills that spoiled the landscape, remember the landscape? Remember the land?
If only I had known you in the time of coral reefs, before we lost the permafrost, when there were Bears up there, were Bears up there.”

Ruth Mundy “Love in the time of Coral Reefs”

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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7 comments on ““Love in the Time of Coral Reefs” by Ruth Mundy
  1. Kevin Hester says:

    Shirley Ho shared a link.

    After 5 years of environmental advocacy has led me to write this song “Bear with Me”. It is one of my original song I composed in 2019 hoping to raise awareness about climate change and nature and it’s impact on wildlife and everyone’s life. If you are feeling the helplessness and a sense of loss hope right now, I hope this song connects with you and also comforts you in this tough times.


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Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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