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The Devil's Deadly Deal

The Fine Print of Being a West Virginian

Ames Plant Fire Parkersburg, WV 2017 Photo by Tim Garretson.

Born, raised,

fed, and dressed

on DuPont’s dime.

Walk the line.

Wild and Wonderful.

Montani semper lerberi.

Montani semper fi

to ingenuity, grit,

an honest day’s work.

C8

DuPont

Perfluorooctanoic acid

Per

Floor

O

Octo

Know

Ick!

Acid

MCMH

Freedom Industries

4-Methylcyclohexane methanol

Mike

Low

Cyclo

Hex

Uh

Me

Meth

A

Null.

Agent Orange

Monsanto

Agent of death

Dioxide

Die!

Ox!

Side!

MIC

Union Carbide

Methyl isocyanate

Meh

thull

Ice

O

Sigh

A

Nate

Phosgene

DuPont

Carbonyl dichloride

Car

Bon

Nill

Die

Kloor

Ride.

Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster,

mines galore,

Mt. Brook, Red Ash, Masey, Sago,

I could list 122 more.

Three Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty-two lives

gone

underneath the mountains

of West Virginia.

Countless victims'

stories left untold.

Corporate greed

re-writing futures.

Cancer

killing constantly.

Consistent only in

its ageless reach.

Black LUNGS

C (breathe)

O (breathe)

P (breathe)

D (oxygen mask time)

There is something

about re-naming

that reneges

the power.

White washing

Washington Works

will only do

so much.

Born, raised,

fed, and dressed

on DuPont’s dime.

Walk the line.

Wild and Wonderful

Montani semper lerberi

Montani semper fi

to ingenuity, grit,

an honest day’s work.

These temporal gifts,

left lasting legacy.

Health care,

the new industry.

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