Poems of the Week

The Crunch

by Ian Graham

Chipocalypse: Kiwis react to news of nationwide potato shortage—NZ Herald

Yes, climate risk is all too real and
Here’s the proof. From lush New Zealand
Comes a tale to pucker lips:
Dire warnings of Chipocalypse.
So, true or fake? The jury’s out.
Though one thing’s sure—without a doubt,
A shortage of potato slivers
Would be enough to send cold shivers
Along the spine of any nation.
But Kiwis seldom need sedation.
As well as thirty million sheep,
New Zealanders are bound to keep,
With zealous zen
And ne’er a frown,
Their chins up when
The chips are down.