there was an oil spill
in the Gulf of Mexico
and some counties in Florida
had been considered
to be in a state of emergency
my mother-in-law lives in Saint
Petersburg. my wife calls
it St. Pete
but i guess St. Pete wasn't affected.
my wife went back to sleep
slept until noon, in fact,
we'd stayed up late
watching medical dramas
not much else
to watch on the old tube
and i guess TVs don't have tubes
in them anymore
but we still call them that
hell, even the little TVs on the
internet are called tubes, right?
i wonder if they've got coverage
of the oil spill
black oil, bird soup
and dying flamingos stuck to dead stingrays and
all other sorts of carnage and death.
they cover it all, these days
every second every minute every hour on the hour
satellites stuck in the
black oil of space
screaming S.O.S. to the blue sky and sea
i trust the mother-in-law is well.
Justin Wade Thompson, Texas, USA