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Acids

It stings
Salish Sea
My feet in the water of the beach at hemp fest
Burn like the roach of a joint
The fire too close to my skin

Bases
It’s smooth
Olympia bays
My hands in the water
Feet on the shore of Burfoot
Slick like extra smooth conditioner
Running down my arm into the
drain

Becquerels
It boils
Sea of Japan
Nothing in the water
Off the coast of Fukushima
Melted down reactor poaches
mother earth
As she screams like a lobster

Neurotoxins
It degenerates
Mississippi Delta
Shrimp in the water
Loose their eyes to dispersants
Generations of Cajun traditions
Lost like the profits of Deepwater
horizon

H2O
It purified
Holy waters
Gone are the days
Of immersion into sacred Jordan
Bodies of living grounding fresh
water
Unemployable baptismal pools of
cancer risk

Pollution
It stings slips it boils slicks
sickening
Acid rain bites back
Poseidon attacks as in days past
When waters flee before a
tsunami
Yet still we ignore
Signs from the shore

Lennée Reid is a truth seeker, nature lover, poet and spoken word artist. She has one child and lives in Olympia. She can also be found on YouTube.

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