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.

Echoes

Rivulets of water

ricocheting off new growth

running dow

 stubbed leg.

 

Imperfection

is

my perfection.

 

“You’ll stop shaving one day honey!”

I hear gramma,

gravely, strong, not-so-distant voice

 

Peacefully

Paralyzed

 

Imperfection

is

missing the dead

 

Imperfection

is

living still.

 

Imperfection

is

owning your growth.

 

Imperfection

is

more than ______________.

 

Imperfection is now.

Imperfection was then.

Imperfection is tomorrow.

 

I don’t shave my legs regularly.

Gramma was right.

 

Imperfection

is

Perfection.