Sunday, April 22, 2012

Incomplete Diagnosis


Hypoxic Dead Zone: The Mississippi drains nitrogen and phosphorus into the Gulf. Algae bloom, die, and sink. Bacteria in black sediment monopolize the oxygen, laying waste to the bottom-feeders.

Oil-drenched executives speak of junk shots and top kills as oil blooms from the Gulf floor. Once the earth circles the sun, hundreds of dead dolphins wash up like jetsam. From a passing jetliner, these dead vessels of pinched consciousness are no more visible than plankton-sized pellets of plastic adrift in brine.

Tsunamis strike and wash radioactive vessels back to sea. Coastlines melt down.

Birds drop like black rain.

In dead vessels, fishermen die of thirst as cruise ships sail by.

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