Friday, December 19, 2008

the mango tree

a found poem

her children insist
so she takes them back

there’s our house
there’s the mango tree

they shout

there is nothing to see
only an ocean of mud

Found in A Corner of Indonesia, Sinking in a Sea of Mud in this morning's New York Times.

Lilik Kamina and her family lost their village to a mud volcano that was created during exploratory oil drilling by PT Lapindo Brantas on their island of Renokenongo in Indonesia over two and a half years ago.

The land is becoming uninhabitable, inch by inch, and the air is increasingly carcinogenic. Many people of Renokenongo have lost their livelihoods; many have no where to go.

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