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Hands Across the Sand

blog_HandsAcrossSandSanta Cruz joins in symbolic gesture opposing offshore oil drilling
On Saturday, June 26, Santa Cruzans joined hands at Main and Cowell beaches as part of a national, peaceful protest against near- and offshore oil drilling. Sparked by the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, the event was organized and sponsored by nonprofit Hands Across the Sand (handsacrossthesand.com), and had local support from Save our Shores and the Surfrider Foundation. Local ocean conservationist Lea Haratani, who will be featured in the Thursday, July 1 issue of Good Times, wrote the following poem for the occasion:

 

For the Gulf

On the occasion of “Hands Across the Sand”

By Lea Haratani

In these last days

we disemboweled the gut of the Gulf, and

missed the womb that could have birthed Venus

septicemia spreads

like tendrils

on her watery grave

In Japan death with honor is

called seppuku

Here we hide the traces of blood

dispersement

the truth sunken

like a pirate ship at war

each one of us, are

players in the greed that caused

the untimely death of families Pelicanadae,

Delphinadae, innocent warriors

that gave us their vertebrate

when we left the sea

and learned to breathe air

we drive our cars, blow-dry our hair

as if we understand beauty

living like drunken sailors on leave

like  there  is no tomorrow

The tide washed up cellophane wrapped

undignified carcasses, with

lineages that surpass human royalty

we must be bolder than love, the choice is

a million memories and no future or

a new paradigm

life without harm, collective action, the

ability to walk forward

without shame or regret

holding hands across the sand into the future

 

PHOTO BY: Dana Abbott

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