passing cars drink the earth
replaced in their passage
into air and water
the oleaginous spot in the ground
whose black is half gotten now
or more by now half gone harder to get
in plumes or in shivering dew
sinking back to the earth
in us all as we pass through
Whose wielded weight in numbness
as tears you make
to feel your heart
Disclosure: as much as I dislike oil, I like old cars and the way they look.
I lowered the compression of the engine in the 69 rs/ss convertible pictured above
so it gets good gas mileage. I dont drive it very often. I really like some of the muscle cars from the late 60's and early 70's, especially the way they looked. I guess I am slightly hypocritical in this poem because I keep this car and like it, as it uses oil and burns gas. But, even most electric cars pollute, in the secondary sense of how the electricity they run on was originally produced.
The song is from a 60's band called "Spirit". The video is about the BP oil disaster in the gulf of mexico last year..