Coastal Poems

Leaking Oil Well as Lunchtime Entertainment at My Husband’s Hi-tech Company by Penelope Schott

Leaking Oil Well as Lunchtime Entertainment at My Husband’s Hi-tech Company

In a distant quadrant of the country
a bunch of guys in a conference room
watched direct feed from under the Gulf.

They cheered for the hook and booed
when the long wire swung sideways
and missed. They chewed sandwiches

or peeled oranges or reheated coffee.
The office air conditioning kept blowing
and in the lab, expensive machinery

hummed and blinked. At six o’clock
the various smart guys drove home
in their cars. All that night, tar balls

floated into the reeds. Next morning
my husband made another sandwich:
pastrami and Swiss. All good guys.

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STATEMENT

I believe that all creatures need to live.   The dog who sleeps in my bed, the moth who circles the light, the tiger I will never see all must have our respect.  Power shouldn’t give humans more rights than any other plant, animal, landscape, or seascape.

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Penelope Scambly Schott most recent book is Six Lips. Her verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth won the Oregon Book Award for Poetry in 2008.

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