Lists Lost; Lets List(en)

A few months ago, one of my dearest friends asked me,

"What would a day without a list look like for you? Have you ever even done that?!?!?"

There was no judgement or condescension in her voice, just true kinship, the kind that CAN say those things and not send you into a tail spin.

Today, while stacking rocks, I was struck that List is the root of Listen.
The word list has always felt incomplete, lacking. This makes sense. The nature of a list is completion, itself, delayed.

To live or die by the list.

How can we ever be asked to List-EN (IN) the moment when chasing the the high that completion brings.

The snake is catching its tale.

Lists
Lost.

The Devil’s Deadly Deal: the fine print of being a West Virginian

Born, raised,

fed, and dressed

on DuPont’s dime.

Walk the line.

 

Wild and Wonderful.

Montani semper lerberi.

Montani semper fi

to ingenuity, grit,

an honest day’s work.

 

C8

DuPont

Perfluorooctanoic acid

Per

Floor

O

Octo

Know

Ick!

Acid

 

MCMH

Freedom Industries

4-Methylcyclohexane methanol

Mike

Low

Cyclo

Hex

Uh

Me

Meth

A

Null.

 

Agent Orange

Monsanto

Agent of death

Dioxide

Die!

Ox!

Side!

 

MIC

Union Carbide

Methyl isocyanate

Meh

thull

Ice

O

Sigh

A

Nate

 

Phosgene

DuPont

Carbonyl dichloride

Car

Bon

Nill

Die

Kloor

Ride.

 

Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster,

mines galore,

Mt. Brook, Red Ash, Masey, Sago,

I could list 122 more.

 

Three Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty-two lives

gone

underneath the mountains

of West Virginia.

 

Countless victims’

stories left untold.

Corporate greed

re-writing futures.

 

Cancer

killing constantly.

Consistent only in

its ageless reach.

Black LUNGS

C (breathe)

O (breathe)

P (breathe)

D (oxygen mask time)

 

There is something

about re-naming

that reneges

the power.

 

White washing

Washington Works

will only do

so much.

 

Born, raised,

fed, and dressed

on DuPont’s dime.

Walk the line.

 

Wild and Wonderful

Montani semper lerberi

Montani semper fi

to ingenuity, grit,

an honest day’s work.

 

These temporal gifts,

left lasting legacy.

Health care,

the new industry.