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The Greed of Man

A spike was driven deep in the earth
In a quest to find man's greed
Prodded and pricked the earth relents
As it slowly begins to bleed

The vein they found would suddenly burst
As it spewed its liquid gold
They tried to apply a tourniquet in vain
Only to make it explode

Its poison blood would cover the sea
And reach to the distant lands
But now it becomes a liquid death
Caused by man's own hands

The fish and birds would suffocate
From this sludge that covered the earth
The greed of man had come with a price
And death would count its worth

The tears of men could not wash away
The oil that the earth had cried
The greed of man now claims its victims
As the plants and the animals died





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  1. Date: 8/30/2010 4:55:00 PM

    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week on PS, Larry. Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 8/30/2010 8:16:00 AM

    Very nice write about the oil spills and the consequences of man's greedy pursuit. Congrats on your poem being featured this week. Caroline.

  1. Date: 8/30/2010 7:19:00 AM

    Larry wonderful rhythm and rhyme and on such a pertinent subject to our environment ... congrates on being featured this week love Jayne

  1. Date: 8/30/2010 6:04:00 AM

    Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week here at PoetrySoup Larry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/29/2010 2:38:00 PM

    Congrats Larry my friend on your featured poem this week on the Soup... a nice one to share with us all.. with luv..

  1. Date: 8/16/2010 6:09:00 AM

    Congratulations to you Larry on your win in Team PoetrySoup's contest "Gulf Oil Spill". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/15/2010 4:37:00 PM

    Congratulations on your victory in the Soup contest, Larry. Excellent poem! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/15/2010 3:06:00 PM

    Congrats Larry on your winning poem in the Gulf Oil Spill contest with this brilliant write and super win this happy Sunday.. enjoy.. luv..

  1. Date: 6/3/2010 8:29:00 AM

    Wonderfully painful poem Larry.... I enjoyed with a frown... A great poem indeed....:JP]

  1. Date: 6/3/2010 7:44:00 AM

    Wow- this is really strong, Larry. Made me cry... absolutely incredible. One of the best I have ever read. Going to favorites.