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  • SO MANY WORDS

    Black.
    Dark. Inky. Black.
    So many words for the absence of light.
    Light on.
    Blinding.
    Bright. Ivory. Snowy. Blinding.

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  • BEAUTIFUL AND BLUE

    I was Beautiful and Blue.
    Then I felt the explosions deep within me,
    And crude, dark oil spread thru my beautiful blue water.
    Don’t you understand?
    It’s because of me you breathe.

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  • A STREAM

    The water is the only thing I can hear,
    The stream is whispering things in my ear,
    Telling me secrets only the plants and animals know.
    Birds welcome the burbling stream
    As it briefly sees this part of the world

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  • THE RED TIDE

    I am the outcome of decisions made,
    So a few people can get well paid.
    You want your golf courses to be perfect, green and neat.
    Meanwhile I poison the shellfish you eat.
    As the ocean gets hotter and hotter,

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  • 616 OCEAN BOULEVARD

    Abandoning a home always thinking about the next
    A new breeze, a new home
    Listening to the waves swishing upon the sandy shore
    Free like me, the whole sea our home

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  • H-E-I-R-S

    Heirs.
    H-E-I-R-S.
    Hope. Empowerment. Inspiration. Research. Solutions.
    Heartfelt. Emotional. Interconnected. Real. Strong.
    There are many words that start with H-E-I-R-S.

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  • A TREE, A RIVER, A ROCK

    A tree, a river, a rock
    I smell the scent of magic sweet with joy
    But your mouth is a fountain gushing words
    Armed with the bitter taste of anger and sharp grief

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  • THE OCEAN

    I used to be beautiful.
    I used to be happy.
    I used be bountiful and willing to give.
    But then something changed.
    I am no longer beautiful.

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  • THE CHICKADEE

    When the modern world gets too crowded for me,
    And all I want to do is escape,
    Escape to a place where I can watch my friends live and grow,
    I follow the Chickadee.
    When the tools of today go past my knowledge,

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  • LITTLE POLLEN KISSES

    I see love when the sun goes down and the moon comes up,
    Stars come out, sparkles of life appearing in a dark sky.
    I see love when little pink flowers whisper to me secrets only a friend would
    tell,
    Giving me little yellow pollen kisses on red lips.

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  • OCEAN DECAY

    See the raging ocean,
    Hear the crashing waves,
    Smell the salty air,
    Taste the icy spray.
    Feel the warm sun on your skin

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  • BIG OIL

    I am Big Oil
    I can make a lot of money off the ocean.
    I am a powerful influence on the government.
    I am Big Oil
    I don’t see coastal businesses crushed when I spew Big Oil.

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  • WATER

    Trickling streams, clear brooks,
    A raging sea, a calm lake.
    It’s all connected.

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  • ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MODERN WORLD

    On the other side of the modern world
    lies the forgotten plants and animals we used to know,
    flowers give you their scent, deer hold your gaze and rabbits hop on agile
    feet.
    On the other side of the modern world

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  • WARMING WATERS

    I am sea water, growing hotter and hotter,
    Killing life like a dry wilting laurel.
    Not dead, not alive. There’s small chance they’ll survive.
    I cause slow, starving sick coral.
    White, the color of death spreading.

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  • REMEMBER ME

    A world -
    A city -
    A street -
    A house -
    A tree -
    A spring bud blossoming in the smile of the sun.
    A sweet kiss of the breeze sweeping white petals.

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  • DYING CORAL REEF

    I am colors, I am health,
    I am food, I am wealth.
    I am dying, turning white,
    Quickly fading, out of sight.

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  • COME WITH ME

    Come away from your home of tall buildings and bustling streets,
    Come with me.
    You will follow me into a wood,
    Where tendrils of wind float through branches,
    Making them rustle.

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  • LISTEN TO ME

    I once was a clear blue sea.
    I played tag with the wind.
    I flew with the birds.
    You swam safely in me.
    But now you are preoccupied,

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  • OCEAN YOU HAVE OUR DEVOTION

    We have a problem, a task at hand.
    Our generation has taken a stand.
    This generation will make it commonplace
    That we will not accept the tyranny that has taken place.

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  • THE WATERS’ HEART

    The water is the only thing I can hear;
    Blue waves crashing on warm sand.
    The waves speak in a wistful murmur
    In which only the creatures of the sea find meaning.

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  • FOREVER

    I am a nightmare.
    I am real.
    I am made quickly.
    I am made invincible.
    I will live my life forever.

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