H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
Pegasus was rustled by Mobil.
Texas oilmen put their branding iron
on the ancient symbol of Poetry
and turned it into their corporate logo--
just like Shell took as their trademark
an innocent seashell, to prettify
their ugly supertanker/gasguzzler strategy,
to camouflage their gas-price shellgame,
to whitewash a grimey industry
whose oilspills befoul the Muse's fountain
as well as the splendor of Neptune's realm,
and whose incessant infernal combustion
pollutes the Nature that is Poetry's source.
Now that Exxon bought Mobil for many billions,
the immortal symbol of immortal poetry
is usurped by the corporation that spilled ten million
gallons of oil on pristine Alaskan shores.
Hundreds of volunteers worked to clean oil
off many thousands of otters and birds.
But who will clean Mobil-Exxon's filthy oil
off the wing'd steed of Poetry?
[Originally published in NHS 2005, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs05/jeff_poniewaz.html.]