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Dangerous People

Dangerous People

Robert McGee

Like wolves* lurking
Below the surface,
Stealthily closing in:
Periscope hums --
Tubes ready --
Bearings adjusted --
Course steady --
Broadside exposed
Where crosshairs intersect . . .

Bomb ticking
In the Gulf:
Extreme pressures
In the earth,
Flammable gas --
A geologic force;
Defective well,
Dangerous people –
Ignition source.
*reference to the Grey Wolves, U-Boats that Hitler deployed in the North Atlantic

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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