Category Archives: Oil

Distorted America Poem

President’s American liberty
(Overconsumption, avarice, gluttony)
Dresses in the “drag of security”
(This way there is no long term certainty!)

Xenophobia separates people
Making us fearful & much more tractable
Freedom, when wealthier, was our steeple
(Nouveau-wealth tell us lies un-factual!)

It is clear: to live in utopia
You must strive to see the other man’s side
It’s not as far as Casiopia
(Attempt to understand his crazy lies!)

Behind beheadings & predator drones
The wanton ideological killings
Are simple desires everyone owns
(Someone’s getting rich off of these ratings!)

To lubricate the larder for the rich
We fear other types of society
Buy military hardware like a bitch
(To maintain some bourgeois propriety!)


Loser’s Choice

You get to select your poison

Which horror is your preference?

Public death, headline emblazoned

Common death, little awareness?

Atomized over the French Alps

Unpredictability sung

Life distilled to some Facebook scalps

New’s research: Internet wrung?

Or laying bleeding between cars

Part of cost of modernity 

One of life’s little human scars

Die for Right-Now’s eternity?

Which death is more tragic to you

Public pity: alone & true?

•In The Heart Of The Sea• (haiku review)

33. Finished history/
Of whaling shipwreck •Essex•/

34. The Inspiration/
For Melville’s book •Moby Dick•/
Was a gripping read/

35. Interestingly/
The Blacks were eaten up first/
(Not those who jumped ship)/

36. A heroic tale/
Of 19th Century life:/
“Life” wasn’t easy/

37. Industrial life/
Aboard floating factories/
Of cetacean death/

38a. Wealth cheapens living:/
The search for portable oil/
Displaced men’s labor/

38b. Before oil reading/
Required tallow candles made/
Slowly, locally/

38c. The cost of reading/
Or any nocturnal light/
Was prohibitive/

39a. Ingenious workers/
Industrialized murder/
To enrich a few/

39b. Ingenious workers/
Industrialized murder/
To light people’s nights/

40. Whale oil lit the night/
Of Victorian bedrooms/
Permitting reading/

41. The value of light/
So widely squandered today/
Was a luxury/

42. Fine Parlor reading/
Made necessary whale oil/
Ere petroleum/

43. Species’ destruction/
That some few might read at night/
(Free-market logic)/

44. Men worked factories/
Floating charnel pyres making/
Convenience back home/

45a. Inhumane danger/
Is the skeleton of ease/
In whaling’s lamp-light/

45b. Inhumane danger/
Is the skeleton of ease/
(Modern convenience)/

46. Like petroleum/
Labor is concentrated/
In oily barrels/

47. Like petroleum/
We endanger some species/
So some can get rich/

48. The logic of wealth/
Rationalizes taking/
For some to have more/

49. Whalers risked their lives/
On floating slaughterhouses/
For decent payouts/

50. We risk the planet/
For digital convenience/
Fueled by whaling’s heirs/

51. The planet marches/
Down the path oil’s wealth has paved/
(Ease “über allës”)/

52. The Essex’s men/
Three months at sea without aid/
Lived heroically/

53. Difficult living/
Impossible to survive/
There is much to learn/