as feet sink into white sand--
crushed quartz from the Appalachians
carried by the Mississippi
before people walked the land--
as emerald waves sparkle the shore--
salty seas travel through oceans
circulated by currents
established since ice age lore.
with the cattails swaying--
blown by wind,
the distant hurricanes swirling
near the coast of Africa, waiting.
until you can't forget anymore
when your feet disturb unseen horror.
Laurie Hardway is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and studied English literature at Hiram College before earning a Master of Arts in Teaching from Kent State University. While teaching high school English, Laurie has lived in Washington State and Florida and has spent the last three years in Japan. She enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and traveling. In addition, some of her writing is being submitted to various poetry contests.
The SpillIn 2010, when the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill exploded and threatened the way of life that Gulf Coast residents know and love, West Florida Literary Federation offered an outlet for expression. During the six months when the uncapped well gushed, and for one year following the successful capping of the well, writers, poets and photographers from across the country sent us their words, thoughts and feelings, thereby providing a literary record of the Deep Water Horizon environmental disaster. Here are the best of the submissions.
Photo EssayA Tale of Two Beaches: The BP Oil Spill, Before and After
ProseNirvana No More
We Need New Legs
Watching the Beach Workers
The Daydreams of a Believer
The Last Swim
PoetryHUCKSTER (OIL SPIEL)
He Got His Life Back
THE REAL QUESTION
EXPLOSION OF THE BP MACONDO OIL WELL
B R I T I S H P E T R O L E U M
All Is Not Well & Other Unpleasant Realities (Courtesy of BP)
The Blackness Carnivals
Mississippi Coast Lament
Reaper Screaming in The Gulf
DON’T TOUCH OUR PROFITS
ONLY A MEMORY
DAY FORTY-FIVE OF THE DEEPWATER DISASTER
THE ENERGY POLICY ACT