Black Gold Burning**
In memoriam: endangered Kemps Ridley sea turtles
Black gold, black gold,
I’ve braved its spills,
old tortoise that I am,
beyond a century,
this ancient shell so far
Black gold has blinded
but never before
taken us with fire,
torching the waters.
These many years I have thrived
in such a heaven of green and blue.
Now flames flick toward me
over the reddened monster sea.
Some of you fight for my life.
Too late, too late.
Black gold burns.
I am gone.
**The 2010 Spill of Oil (black gold)
The turtle is sacred in many Native American traditions, often
depicted balancing North America (Turtle Island)or Mother Earth
on its back to express the interdependence of humans with
After the 2010 British Petroleum Deep Horizon accident, rare
sea turtles were burned alive during oil spill burn-offs.BP originally
hired boats to rescue the turtles before they
got incinerated but later pulled the plug on the rescue program.
Source: Captain Mike Ellis, corroborated by LA Times
A grassroots protest led by environmentalists did eventually stop
the fires but not before unknown
numbers of these rare and endangered turtles died. The Animal
Defense Fund has filed a suit against BP.