Black Gold – Italian Sonnet

 One of the items on my “Bucket List” is to go to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for New Years.  When I heard of this current oil spill, it struck me in the heart.
 
 
A strangled hold onto the rocks,
not far the blue Sargasso Sea.
White suited sea gulls fly in flocks,
lost riggers join the absentee.
Below off-shore unearthly docks –
engraved with a fire memory.
Eleven deep in waters sail
on grey Horizon’s ghostly tale.
 
A strangled hold into the sand,
metallic rainbows pooled with rain.
While gasping life strain just to breathe,
more waves of death awash the land.
Their greed exploded dark insane
mad currents of black ocean seethe.
 
A strangled hold grips the unplanned
across slick mass in devil’s stain.
Disrupting nature’s primal gland,
injecting to withdraw for gain.
Destruction of earth from man’s hand,
Spill after spill, still no refrain.
 
☮TheMsLvh © 2011
offered to United Poets , dVerse Poets
image: gcaptain.com
 
  • Chevron Corp oil spillRio de Janeiro, Brazil – November 7, 2011  to present 
  • Rena oil spill – New Zealand, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty – October 5, 2011 to present
  • Taylor Energy wells Platform 23051 – United States, Gulf of Mexico – September 16, 2004 to present (2624 days)
  • Chevron/Transocean Campos oil spill – Brazil, Campos Basin – November 10, 2011 – current
  • Esso/Shell North Sea oil spill –  United Kingdom, North Sea – August 10, 2011 – – current
  • Yellowstone River pipeline spill –  United States, Montana, Yellowstone River -July 1, 2011
  • Bohai Bay oil spill – China, Bohai Bay – June 4, 2011 – June 19, 2011
  • Peace River Rainbow pipeline spill – Canada, Alberta – April 29, 2011
  • Mumbai-Uran pipeline spill –  India, Mumbai, Arabian Sea – January 21, 2011
  • Fiume Santo power station –  Italy, Sardinia, Porto Torres – January 11, 2011
  • Mumbai oil spill – India, Mumbai, Arabian Sea – August 7, 2010 – August 9, 2010
  • Barataria Bay oil spill – United States, Barataria Bay, Gulf of Mexico – July 27 – August 1, 2010
  • Talmadge Creek oil spill –  United States, Kalamazoo River, Calhoun, Michigan – July 26, 2010
  • Xingang Port oil spill – China, Yellow Sea – July 16 – July 21, 2010
  • Jebel al-Zayt oil spill – Egypt, Red Sea – June 16 -June 23, 2010
  • Red Butte Creek oil spill – United States, Salt Lake City, Utah – June 11 – June 12, 2010
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline spill – United States, Anchorage, Alaska – May 25, 2010
  • MT Bunga Kelana 3 –  Singapore, Singapore Strait – May 25, 2010
  • 2010 ExxonMobil oil spill – Nigeria, Niger Delta – May 1, 2010
  • Deepwater Horizon –  United States, Gulf of Mexico – April 20, 2010 – July 15, 2010
  • 2010 Great Barrier Reef oil spill – Australia Great Keppel Island -April 3, 2010
  • 2010 Port Arthur oil spill – United States, Port Arthur, Texas – January 23, 2010
  • Yellow River oil spill – China, Chishui River (Shaanxi) – August 21, 2009
  • Montara oil spill – Australia, Timor Sea – August 21, 2009
  • Full City oil spill – Norway, Rognsfjorden near Såstein south of Langesund – July 31, 2009
  • 2009 Lüderitz oil spill – Namibia, Southern coast – April 8, 2009
  • 2009 Queensland oil spill – Australia, Queensland – March 10, 2009
  • West Cork oil spill – United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – July 28, 2008
  • 2008 New Orleans oil spill – United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – July 28, 2008
  • 2007 Statfjord oil spill – Norway, Norwegian Sea – December 12, 2007
  • 2007 Korea oil spill –  South Korea, Yellow Sea – December 7, 2007
  • Kerch Strait oil spill – Ukraine Russia, Strait of Kerch – November 11, 2007
  •  Russia, Strait of Kerch
  • 2007 Statfjord oil spill – Norway, Norwegian Sea – December 12, 2007
  • Kerch Strait oil spill – Ukraine Russia, Strait of Kerch – November 11, 2007
  • COSCO Busan oil spill – United States, San Francisco, California – November 7, 2007
  • Kab 101 – Mexico, Bay of Campeche – October 23, 2007 – December 17, 2007
  • Guimaras oil spill – Philippines – August 11, 2006
  • Jiyeh power station oil spill – Lebanon — July 14, 2006 – July 15, 2006
  • Citgo refinery oil spill – United States, Lake Charles, Louisiana – June 19, 2006
  • Prudhoe Bay oil spill – United States, Alaska North Slope, Alaska – March 2, 2006
  • Bass Enterprises (Hurricane Katrina) –  United States, Cox Bay, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Shell (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Pilottown, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Chevron (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Meraux and Chalmette, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Murphy Oil USA refinery spill (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Meraux and Chalmette, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Bass Enterprises (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Chevron (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Venice, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Venice Energy Services Company (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, Nairn, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • Sundown Energy (Hurricane Katrina) – United States, West Potash, Louisiana – August 30, 2005
  • MV Selendang Ayu – United States, Unalaska Island, Alaska – December 8, 2004
  • Athos 1 – United States, Delaware River, Paulsboro, New Jersey – November 26, 2004
  • Gulf War oil spill – Iraq, Persian Gulf – June 8, 1990
  • Continued list of oil spills……
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  1. November 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    That list of oil spills is horrendous. Your poem is a powerful expression of grief. I wrote my own threnody for the wildlife of the Gulf a couple of years ago: http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/316/ I think we’re on the same wavelength.

    • November 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Viv, That was only half listed… I am grieving for the earth lately. For the people trying to fix it, and ro stop Corp abuse. Loved your poem Viv.

  2. November 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Enjoyed the poem! Great last line, too. There are two things that help me regarding the spills – one is that men are now required to cleanup what they can. The second is that nature has great recuperative powers.

    • November 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Yes BartonontheHill. But we’ve been lied to on how much is exactly spilled. Now with deep water spills, the stakes are higher. This current spill off Rio just hit a nerve.

  3. November 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    The event, the wonderful poem, and the horrifying list of oil spills following………..wow. Sometimes, there are just no words. But you found some good ones!

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks for the visit Sherry. Always a pleasure to see you here. Thank you for your comment.

  4. November 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    wow – what a long list – it is heart-breaking

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      And that was only half on the list. Click the continue button for more heart break. Thanks for the visit.

  5. November 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    very sad, for sure. it’s tragic the number of spills there are…one is tragic enough

  6. November 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    see this just pisses me off…our dependence on oil is sickening and the rape we do to our earth in our carelessness…destroying its beauty…ugh…ok nice verse…sorry the emotions…and the list overwelmed it for me a bit though…

    • November 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      I agree Brian. With the oceans stained and now the pipeline from Canada which has had 12 leaks in 12 months….sigh. I hope this poem and list ignites more conversation. Thank you for the visit Brian. Always thrilled to see you.

  7. November 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

    It has been a long while since I have read your work. I hope you are well. Your poetic flair is very present in this piece – and your subject matter is a cry against an atrocity against nature which is becoming all too frequent.
    We would be very happy to see you pop in to Real Toads to share your latest work.

    • November 24, 2011 at 7:56 am

      Thank you for the comment and I just popped over to Real Toads and shared two. This one on Oil spills and one called Concret Hive. Guess I am expressing my feelings about current events. Happy ThanksGiving

  8. November 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    There comes a point at which just can’t even watch the news about this stuff anymore. It’s too disturbing.

  9. Pete
    November 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Not sure I recognise any of the classic Welsh poetic forms but its a good poem nonetheless.

  10. November 25, 2011 at 4:41 am

    A powerful poem, so well expressed. “While gasping life strain just to breathe,
    more waves of death awash the land”….heart breaking :( When will it stop!

  11. November 25, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Very well explained..Liked it..

    moon sways

  12. November 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    thanks for putting together this list.

    oil companies need to go!!

  13. Leona
    November 26, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I didn’t even hear about this spill. Your use of words is amazing as always. It really makes you think. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. Take care my friend. And keep writing your amazing poems.

  14. November 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    This was pertinent to me after the Rena hit a reef here not so long ago – we are still dealing with the ship and all that is going on – well done – loved it.

  15. December 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Devil’s stain by man’s hand indeed. Excellent poem Ms L. Damn shame that you were outraged enough to write it though. It pains me to think what demand creates: greed.

  16. Jueseppi B.
    December 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Very nice blog, I added your blog to TheObamaCrat!! blog roll….nice to meet you.

  17. December 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Happy New Year !! Thanks for following my words this year.

    Be Well in 2012
    Jo
    :)

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