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Cathy Ncube

an acronym poem by Cathy Ncube


B lundering, selfish, oil drilling profiteers
R isked people, nature and wildlife without fears
ncredibly “safe” rig exploded offshore
T he Deepwater Horizon cracked the seafloor
ndispensable blowout preventer failed
S plattering gallons that could not be curtailed
H orrid violations caused this fatal blast
P olicy corruption left us all aghast
E leven buried in deepwater so cold
T heir lives were more precious than spewing black gold
R escued workers were thankful to be alive--
O vercome with grief for those who did not survive
L awmakers held hearings for cause and for blame
E dgy CEOs denied fault, with no shame
U nparalleled oil spill slowed down life’s pace
M eager recovery plans--senseless disgrace


Cathy Ncube lives in Pensacola , FL.  She has worked as computer software programmer/analyst, visiting instructor and assistant professor in computer science. She is married and has three grown children.  She has written short plays/skits/poems for her church and academia articles.  Cathy enjoys writing poetry based on biblical scriptures, current events, American history, social and international issues. Her email is [email protected]

The Spill

In 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.

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