One Poem by John-Christopher Johnson


Previously known
as Quicksilver,

doctors thought it
would cure syphilis –

we’ll never know
for certain how

many patients died
of the disease or

whether the metal
poisoned them.

Our planet is getting
hotter. Mercury

is rising incessantly
in the thermometer.

Rainforests are
sweating, fish, turtles

trapped in a Thermos-
flask of sea and ocean

are starting to boil.
Have we left it too late

to save the patient?


John-Christopher Johnson has had poems published in The Journal, Other Poetry, London Grip, Agenda, Interpreter’s House, The Seventh Quarry, The North, Allegro Poetry, Orbis etc. He has attended creative writing groups run by Jan Moran Neil in Beaconsfield and has occasionally read his work at The Poet’s Cafe in Reading which is always fun and has many good poets who come along to read from their collections.

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