Stewart Acuff

Jan 7

Anti-Fracking Poem

This poem I wrote last spring is reprinted from Blue Collar Review, a great journal of working class and progressive poetry.

In Pennsylvania

They punch into our ground

To blow up our earth and release gas and benzene

And acetone and acetic acid

They get gas, yes, and ammonia and boric acid and formaldehyde

All to ruin the water in our wells

While wind blows across the mountains made to

Turn turbines and make electricity

And the sun’s heat to make

Electricity without kerosene or

Flaming faucets

And when the gas gets to Philadelphia and

San Bruno the rusted pipes and valves

Finish the awful round

And gas workers and firefighters die

And the wind still blows and the

Sun still shines.


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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

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