the pipelines & holding tanks
are never empty
poised to fill & dispense
another lethal dose
so depended on
like an inrush of new capital
to the fossil industrial complex
breaking down a body’s natural resistance
as the migrating waters
move toward death
don’t say the consequences
are never perceived
when the spin doctors
call it investing

and as the old pipes fail
new ones
become a seamless weld
asphyxiating a land
once breathing
tissue once living
lungs forgetting
their instinctive function
abandoned
to leafless miles

without homage
without home

— e b bortz