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Ethic

Armand Garnet Ruffo
From:   ReGreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry. Your Scrivener Press.


The newspaper shows men the size of ants
hanging from scaffolding
as the world's biggest stack goes up brick by brick.
Proclaiming an end to Sudbury's infamous reputation
as the dead city of the north, an end to INCO spewing
its yellow poison over the local landscape turning it black.
It was only when we learned the term, acid rain
and saw the fish floating belly-up in lakes
hundreds of kilometers away
that we knew the death
had not vanished into thin air
as eagerly announced,
knew it would take a new kind of thinking
that was actually old
ancient.


Armand Garnet Ruffo's works copyright © to the author.


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