Synchronized Chaos Mid-January 2023: To Scratch the Sands of Time

Image c/o Karen Arnold

Welcome, everyone, to 2023’s second issue of Synchronized Chaos! In this season of renewed energy and resolution, we are excited and ready to leave our mark on the sands of time.

But first, our friend and collaborator Rui Carvalho reminds us about our Nature Writing Contest for 2022.

This is an invitation to submit poems and short stories related to trees, water, and nature conservation between now and the March 2023 deadline. More information and submission instructions here!

Chimezie Ihekuna poetizes about his quest to leave a positive legacy despite whatever befalls him in life.

Randall Rogers explores our self-concept, how we perceive ourselves versus how others see us. J.K. Durick goes farther with the theme of cultural and personal identity, questioning what it is in a name, a photograph, or a sport that comes to define us.

Channie Greenberg’s photos show off windows on buildings of various sizes and shapes. Leslie Lisbona recollects an afternoon swimming with her older brother, a sibling relationship that expands her view of the world.

J.J. Campbell explores less amusing places where our minds can wander during periods of forced inactivity. Meanwhile, Ubali Ibrahim Hashimu takes joy in books, comparing his earthly love to the joy of learning and literature. Zulfiya Shomurotova relates the mixture of emotions she feels on seeing rainfall and uses that as inspiration for her writing.

Photo courtesy of Kevin F.

Robert Fleming’s art integrates human eyes, mathematical formulas and tree rings to form thoughtful compositions, while Mark Young’s work connects words, form and color, with the letters of the alphabet forming figures of beauty. J.D. Nelson connects real and imagined words to create a sonic experience of form and rhythm.

Stephen House builds his sense of compassion by immersing himself within nature and enlarging his circle of connection to other beings. Z.I. Mahmud writes of how poetry, art, writing and film can help us make sense of and take action on abstract matters such as melting ice caps and climate change.

Daniel De Culla also speaks of other beings in his amusing tale of the relationships among dogs in a Spanish village church.

Jim Meirose contributes a meditative ambient piece on a church receiving a mysterious package.

Photo courtesy of Vera Kratochvil

Donna Dallas writes of the passing of time, what we remember and what falls from the grasp of our minds.

Sayani Mukherjee draws on cultural memory by exploring the history of a sunken ship, viewable only through a submarine window.

Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr. provides a snapshot of a time and place, a convenience store scene in an island locale that endured colonization.

Corey Cook evokes winter, retirement and disuse, and the losses of war in his haiku-adjacent work. Mykyta Ryzhykh touches on the dislocation and disembodiment brought about by war and homophobic prejudice. Chris Butler warns of the destructive and wasteful trends within human society that may bring about an apocalypse.

Photo courtesy of Ken Kistler

Santiago Burdon also explores how we process grief, and the need to consider the impact of our memorials on other life around us.

Jelvin Gipson encourages us to love our close family now because death will arrive in the future.

Michael Lee Johnson speaks to the frailty, but also the promise, of the human experience and the creative process.

May we use the time we have on Earth to scratch, not simple dividing lines, but patterns of wisdom, intricacy, and beauty, into the sands which surround us.

Essay from Z.I. Mahmud

Research Paper Title “Reincarnation of nature lover imaginaries and the revolutionary environmentalist stewardship movement”

By: Z I Mahmud B.A. (Hons) English ID-3058 Email:
Phone: 9038532047, Residence: Property 980 ii Floor, Rani Bagh, Shakurbasti, Delhi-110034
Satyawati College Morning Shift University of Delhi


Emergence of ecocriticism and environmental humanities have canonized transforming transmutation and wondrous metaphysics from sci-fi into the realm and repository of cli-fi. Today’s paper presentation will gracefully auspice in debriefing phenomenal and
spectacular marvel solutions to the climate change crisis including complementary extensions to focusing the gravitas of organic food, livestock and fisheries security and nutritional stewardship projects to harvesting and recycling water reservoirs in the light of posthumous environmentalism movement laureate authoress of ‘Silent Spring’
Rachel Carson’s legacy behind the sceptred captures of wildlife, nature and ecological documentary filmmaker David Attenborough’s production of the thematic narrative discourse analysis.

Outlining The Briefing of The Genesis

How can we cultivate the motifs and interests of today’s citizenship environmental movement and sub-urban environmental stewardship in emerging competitive anthropocene through intriguing worldviews. Indeed this is inevitable that we have become a major force of nature in this new Anthropocene epoch…Anthropogenic climate change have begun ever since the Industrial Revolution and Romanticism
thwarts the ignominious evils of earth being overthrown to the greenhouse gases emissions and the stimulating cascades of global warming phenomenon.

Have you ever imagined the consequences of catastrophic unnaturalness of nature! Time has announced the heraldry of reincarnate Rachel Carson from the immuration of entombment amidst nuclear radioactive disintegration, her feminine golden brown
traces of tresses in agricultural pastoral suburban landscapes leachate, fallen down microcosmic microscopic slides in polluted and contaminated streamlined canals, marshy swamps, lakes and rivulets and her archives records cassettes scattering shattered upon the desks of policy-makers… Pledges of billions of currencies
green bonds investments by different institutional bodies of agencies and organizations.

Will money suffice or attitudes and values be fundamentally or universally truths of fortuitous and intuitive investment in efforts of climate change mitigation? Dear Audience, I invite you to the in depth analysis and manifesting contemplation of terrains and avenues of post environmental politics and environmental posthumanities and
afterwards exploratory voyage of prospects for the future generations’ enthronement of green utopianism.

Moral Climatology And Climate Justice In Serendipity of Sequestration Or Encroachment

Filming in the frozen world “Curious Leopard Seals” The Frozen Planet II team travelled over the roughest seas in the world to film a special behaviour-leopard seals hunting penguins, Kathryn Jeffs, the director, reports, “Despite the beauty of South Georgia the bite of the extreme cold can’t be forgotten about. Eventually the crew became too interesting to resist and the leopard seals came for a look. With only their mouths to investigate the new arrivals, this can lead to some disastrous consequences for the crew…And that’s just the beginning of their problems…But soon their luck starts to change. With their luck changing, it’s time to head back into the water. The crew find the courage to brave not only the seals but also the bitter cold once again. The leopard seals thoroughly investigate the crew.

They are gentle and curious with the team, allowing them to enjoy an incredible interaction with this fascinating top predator.”
Ladies and gentleman, after these icebreakers I am sure you would wonder and marvel of the apprehensive misapprehension invoked by the wrath of glaciers melting of the Antarctica and NASA Earth Observatory is indeed noteworthy and credible for an
insightful significance.

Antarctic sea ice peaks in September (the end of Southern Hemisphere winter) and usually retreats to a minimum in February.
These image pairs show the average concentration of Antarctic sea ice for the month of September (left) and the following February (right) from September 1990 to February. Opaque white areas indicate the greatest concentration, and dark blue areas are
open water. All icy areas pictured here have an ice concentration of at least 15 percent (the minimum at which space-based measurements give a reliable measure), and cover
a total area that scientists refer to as the “ice extent.”

The yellow outline shows the median sea ice extent in September and February from 1981 to 2010. Extent is the total area in which the ice concentration is at least 15 percent. The median is the middle value; that is, half of the extents were larger than the line, and half were smaller.

From the start of satellite observations in 1979 to 2014, total Antarctic sea ice increased by about 1 percent per decade. Whether the increase was a sign of meaningful change is uncertain because ice extents vary considerably from year to year around Antarctica. For three consecutive Septembers from 2012 to 2014, satellites observed new record highs for winter sea ice extent. These
highs occurred while the Arctic was seeing record lows.
The climb came to an end in 2015, and significant decreases in sea ice around Antarctica started to occur in 2016. There have been small rebounds in recent years, but nowhere near the record high of 2014.

Pernicious Doomsday: Climate Change Crisis Diabolical Aftermath of Demonic Gigantism

Extreme climactic conditions affecting the globe with instances of North Polar Artic or South Antarctic Icebergs melting, snow-cliffs and Himalayan avalanches, desertification and droughts, floods, hurricanes, blizzards and glaciers melting, storm surges and
torrential blizzards, unseasonal rainfall patterns, coastal tidal flooding with sea level rising, apocalyptic changes in global temperatures, destruction of habitats along with extinction of critically endangered species or infestation of invasive species, vulnerability
of changes in the genetic materials of living organisms including pathogenic microbial agents contaminants’, vectors’ triggering mutations and making their likelihood of susceptibility to epical chances of survival even throughout adverse environmental
circumstances, pollution and toxicity and so on.

Future Prospects of Ecological Citizenship By Future Generations

Consumerism and commodification of mother earth nature and deep ecology on a large scale is the flip of the coin’s another side and togetherness of small scale individual naturalists perspectives, environmentally friendly green lifestyles and attitudes including
the renovation and refurbishment of aestheticising antiquarian quintessence of naturalness in touchstones of college cafeterias stewardship or voluntarism of veggies seedbank and germination and harvest of foods, veggies and fruits alike projects, will
be delineated.

On the commentary of Tagore’s open mindedness and cosmic divination liberal philosophical views have catered in curatorship, advocacy or stewardship of Romantic Poetry in action encompassing and encapsulating the sublimity and tranquility
found in nature’s abode-the seedlings of deep ecology rooted within human desires, motivations, feelings and emotions, attitudes and values. Rabindranath Tagore’s modernization and industrialism in upbringing of agricultural transformation of pastoral
Shantiniketan was not merely acquaint us of carbon or ecological footprints incurred by his heir-apparent foreign educated agriculture, livestock and animal husbandry graduate Rathindranath Tagore upon his arduous journey through travelling with oceanic cruise.

Disembarking homeland, both father and son merited in accomplishing spectacle of modern Gibson Graham’s inventory of ideas for an imaginary of belonging in the Anthropocene colonial and post modern clime. Alternative economics booming “adventures in living” at the regional level such as employee-owned cooperatives,
peer-to-peer information commons and community sponsored agricultural hubs. In Tagorean Visva-Bharati and Shantiniketan, disappearance of entanglements between environmental and humans, ecological crisis and governance, matter and meaning,
flesh or word is a marvel.

Conclusion . .

Of symposia and colloquia we should be enlivening in experiencing the magnanimity of Science Barge of Hudson Valley, New York and, therein, we shall abandon the troubadour of nature and culture divide through fostering symbiotic unison with futuristic escape from climate change crisis. Well, let me acquaint you with the fact that floating
urban farms and environmental education centers are deemed to be coalesced with human beings’ imaginative magical spell habitation, a practical reality.

Further Reading and References

Four Problems, Four Directions For Environmental Humanities Toward Critical Posthumanities For The Anthropocene, Author: Astrida Neimanis, Cecilia Asberg and Johan Hedren, Source: Ethics and the Environment, Volume 20, No, 1, Spring 2015, pages. 67-97 and published by the Indiana University Press.

Poetry from Zulfiya Shomurotova

Zulfiya Shomurotova
It's raining...

Little pure rain drops on my head,
Today the sky is a bit disappointing.
As if resting from a warm drop,
The clouds are covered in blue.

The trees have tears in their eyes,
A pearl hung on each branch.
The whisper of the rain caught the imagination,
Inseparable is this joy or sorrow?

The raindrops are rustling,
His sweet voice is pleasing to the heart.
But it does not enter my heart,
Flows like inspiration into ocean poetry.

Little pure rain drops on my head,
Today the sky brings tears again.
The feelings that screamed from my heart
Begins to drip on the surface of the paper.

Shomurotova Zulfiya was born on December 15, 2006 in Khiva, Khorezm region, Uzbekistan. She is currently a 10th-grade student at the Khiva Presidential School. She is a member of “The Global Friends Club” organization in Georgia, a participant in the Kangaroo Olympics in 2020 and 2021, a participant in the Hippo Olympiad in 2021, a participant in the “Chatbot” project, and she won 3 certificates in the “Uzbek million coders” project, attended WHO: “Vaccine Safety Basics” course and holds certificates from 12 similar international universities, volunteer of “Golden wing”, participant of the forum held by the International Internship University, ambassador of IQRA Foundation, Protection for Legal& Human Rights Foundation’s Coordinator of Uzbekistan.

Poetry by J.D. Nelson




mentioning a

coarse ribbon

pylon wave

ha / ha


building &

stamped passport
you’re now

a bldg






J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. His poems have appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of ten print chapbooks and e-books of poetry, including *Cinderella City* (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). Nelson’s first full-length collection is *in ghostly onehead*, published by Post-Asemic Press in December 2022. Visit his website,, for more information and links to his published work. His haiku blog is at Nelson lives in Colorado, USA.