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a british petroleum found pantoum

 

look     it’s obvious to everybody that they didn’t have a plan
in the scenarios     fish and birds escape serious harm
beaches remain pristine
water quality is only a temporary problem

in the scenarios     fish and birds escape serious harm
we are greatly disappointed that oil has made landfall
water quality is only a temporary problem
the situation we are dealing with is clearly complex

we are greatly disappointed that oil has made landfall
the junk shot is going to work
the situation we are dealing with is clearly complex
the mud kill shot is going to work

the junk shot is going to work
the on-the-fly planning continues
the mud kill shot is going to work
beaches     were supposed to be safe

the on-the-fly planning continues
beaches remain pristine
beaches     were supposed to be safe
look     it’s obvious to everybody that they didn’t have a plan

 

 
(source is AP Impact: BP spill response plans severely flawed — 6/9/10)

the black flood — 6/14/10; 
also appeared in poets for living waters: open mic — june, 2010

 


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