Saturday, April 23, 2011

Beyond the oil spill

The tragedy of an ailing Gulf - New York Times article 

How easy it is to point fingers at the 'other' - we do this in so many ways and in so many areas of our life. 
This particular Gulf-related situation begs the question. . . are we not all BPs; as responsible for the catastrophe as we are for the clean-up? The metaphorical implications implied in this question are many and plain. . . 

gulf |gəlf|
1. a deep inlet of the sea almost surrounded by land, with a narrow mouth.
2. a deep ravine, chasm, or abyss.
figurative a large difference or division between two people or groups, or between viewpoints, concepts, or situations : a wide gulf between theory and practice.


  1. “I learned the why of misfortune
    In the school of water.
    The sea is a wounded planet
    And the breaking is its greatness:
    This star fell into our hands
    From the tower of salt
    Scatters its heritage
    Of living shadow and furious light.

    It has not married the earth.

    We still do not understand it.”

    —Pablo Neruda,

  2. Beautiful, Tim - esp. 'the breaking is its greatness.'
    Thank you. L, C x