Julie Buffaloe-Yoder's "Washing Away"

Read poet Julie Buffaloe-Yoder’s latest poem on her blog, The Buffaloe Pen. Although she wrote the poem a year ago, the spirit and content of the piece relate to the suffering of the working people on the Gulf. She has also included her daughter’s beautiful woodcut print that inspired her original piece. Of all the stories and essays I’ve read about the oil spill, Julie’s poem and related thoughts have moved me the most.

Here’s a recent article from PBS, “Dispatch from Louisiana: Fishermen Voice Their Frustrations on Oil Spill” by Tom Beardon. The photo is by AFP/Getty. I’ve heard on CNN that BP has offered checks of $5,000.00 to people who’ve already lost $30,000.00. Of course BP needs to pony up the cash. I hope the fat cats at BP show some compassion for these working people. The best I can do for the fishermen is hope.