Uncertainty

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The nickle iron core of the world in its bath of liquid rock hesitates reverberates
Poles wander and dissipate
Auroras cease their arctic dance
Compass needles hang uselessly, shamefully in their metal and glass shells
Thousands of miles above I stand and worry
Everything looks the same
Everything feels different
The solar wind unimpeded by our fragile magnetic barrier
sleets into me and everything I can see
No, I won't see streaks across my retinas
I won't be tanned like a Bedouin
I won't be cooked like a turkey
I know what is happening,
but this knowledge makes no difference
My uncertainty grows
All my life north was north, but now it isn't
There is no north, not that I can tell
For a while there will be no direction
I can stand, walk, or run, but the outcome is the same
Nothing fixes this but patience
I must embrace the diabolical agony of inaction
After a time our center will find a new groove
Our world-wrapping bar magnet will return
Compasses will adjust to life backwards
The ice caps will once again shimmer under hand-me-down ions
I know this will happen,
but this knowledge makes no difference.
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