Lowlife and Blood Relatives

Lowlife and Blood Relatives

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Author and Publisher: Louisa Loveridge-Gallas (2011)

"Black Gold Burning"

In memoriam: endangered Kemps Ridley sea turtles

Black gold, black gold,
I’ve braved its spills,
old tortoise that I am,
beyond a century,
this ancient shell so far
my salvation.

Black gold has blinded
but never before
taken us with fire,
torching the waters.

These many years I have thrived
in such a heaven of green and blue.
Now flames flick toward me
over the reddened monster sea.

Some of you fight for my life.
Too late, too late.

Black gold burns.

I am gone.