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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.

I was Beautiful and Blue

All of my beautiful animals are dying.

I smell like death.

I cry for help, I cry, “why?”

I was Beautiful and Blue.

Please stop. 

I need help.

I hope you know I am not unbreakable.

I am a dying charity.*

I was Beautiful and Blue.

* The line “I am a dying charity” is included as an homage to Palauan Heir Robert Gordon, a poetic line he shared at SEAL 2017 final presentation in Koror, Palau.