Two Haikus

The Amazon gasps 
As scofflaws fell the verdant 
Cathedrals of green

Scorched brown hills of logs. 
Trees topple and surrender
To flame and iron.

The first haiku references the Covid-19 emergency in Manaus, a jungle-flanked city reachable only by plane or boat, where hospitals ran out of oxygen. The second describes a Dantesque scenario, as pristine Amazon rain forest is cleared for new settlements, leading to an even greater proximity between humans and animals.