Dark Futility

(seattletimes.nwsource.com)
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By: Wayne Brown

Black oil gushes forth

Deep down upon the ocean’s floor

The passion and desire aroused by your presence

Now replaced with sadness and disbelief

Value diminished by damages reeked

Black waters gather swiftly

Upon the surface of the ocean

The emerald green so well known to the eye

Tarnished and stained by the poison spewing below

Panic ensues and frustration lingers amid the masses

Mankind wrestles the overwhelming power of nature

Black waves move toward the shores

Pushed along by the winds and currents of the ocean

White sands are blackened

Ocean creatures die as each wave laps

Marshlands begin to die in this black toxin

Man too wavers and suffers watching a future die

Black fear pours forth upon the Gulf

Casting its shadow on the lives, the waters, the land

Caring not who it robs; Caring not what it takes away

Tears flow on the faces of those who can only watch

Tears flow for what is lost

Tears flow for what will never be again

Black death spews relentlessly forth

All the money will not turn it back

And time waits for no one and nothing

Time will allow black death to spread

Time will make for a halt

Time will cover the land scars

But never those deep in our heart

Black waters, black sand, black death all around

Time ticks on and away

Man struggles against the chains of failure

Blackness, darkness edges forth

Measure by the ticking of the clock

And still we wait for a miracle.

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epigramman 6 years ago

man's eternal struggle: progress vs. regress

.... and your hubs are eternal, your words profound!

This gentleman was born to wear many hats!


ralwus 6 years ago

Yes, a real tragedy and when will it end. great voice Wayne.


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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

Best prose regarding futility yet...


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

Oh Wayne, you write my heart's lament. My beautiful mermaids are crying as I read this to them, thank you.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Wooo....big compliment from me from one of my absolute favorite poets! I feel my ego expanding...sorry didn't mean to try to benefit from the spill! wB


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

So sad but so nicely written.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

A.A....thanks for your comment on this one. Poetry is not my hole-card but I have to challenge myself a bit every once in a while. Then there are those times, like this one, when the situation just inspires the need to write it. Thanks. WB


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

"The passion and desire aroused by your presence

Now replaced with sadness and disbelief...

...Time ticks on and away

Man struggles against the chains of failure

Blackness, darkness edges forth

Measure by the ticking of the clock"

You've done a wonderful job with this, Wayne, and these lines, most especially, bring home to me just how quickly things we take for granted can be so easily broken or lost forever.


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Gerg 6 years ago from California

Nice, Wayne - you've captured the mood and dispirit from this issue. I don't see you trying to benefit from it, but simply to put it in a poetic voice, to make us pause and reflect on something that is real and now in a more deep, heartfelt way. Thanks.


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JulieMcDaniel 6 years ago from Tylertown,Ms

wow speachless your words have touched not only me but everyone. i bow to you.


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bibi16 6 years ago from Phoenix Arizona

Nice job WB. BB16


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Julie McDaniel...Just a good ol' boy writin' pomes, Julie! WB

@bibi16...Thanks you! I appreciate the read and the nice comment! WB

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