Lays upon the
Surface of the
Restless, undulating sea.
Ripped from the
Dark and filthy womb
Of an oil tanker
By the sharp scalpel of a reef.
Reveling in its newfound freedom,
The black slick spreads soundlessly
Greedily engulfing everything in its path.
It spreads its greasy,
Glistening tentacles, and
Poisons the life force of the world
By sending its deadly cancer
To the cradle of fertility below.
by D. L., New City, NY
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.