slick

How far
will the crude
go?

How will
amends be made
to the dead birds and
turtles and fish?

Will reparations be paid
to the fishermen?

Bureaucracy
doing no one
any good now,

images of swimming
in riches recede as
the black gold laps
up on the shore

anyone can get
a handful
a bucketful
a mouthful
now

but

The riches don’t
look much like
riches any more.

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