Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret has been such an influential documentary for me. This is a poem that has come out as a result of a growing strive to protect Mother Earth. Give it a watch on Netflix.
This upcoming week I will be in Big Bend National Park in Texas. This place is pretty incredible — it is like you’ve landed on an alien planet with barren lands marked by wild rock formations. Red, dusty, beautiful. I’ve been here before and that trip inspired by poetry book, Terraforming: A Story of the Heart and Separation (which you can find at the bottom of groundedinone.com.) In honor of returning to this park, I’ve decided to post the poem that comes from my poetry narrative/book that is titled “Big Bend.” This piece fits into the narrative well, I think, as a way of describing the new planet the character in the book finds themself in. I hope you enjoy! Feel free to check out the full book in you are so inclined.
This is a poem I am still working on called “Earthrise” — based off the famous Apollo 8 photo.
The Nigerian Delta is home to many tribal groups including the Ogoni who have lived there for over 500 years. Several oil companies, including Shell, set up operations in the 1950s and since then, the land, water, and air have been polluted to such a great extent that the Ogoni people can no longer live safely in their own homeland. Shell 1,581+ oil spill incidences were recorded in the Niger Delta with over 1.5+ million gallons of oil spilling into the water and farming grounds as a result of this one company — Shell. Shell has often left broken pipelines…