Price of Petroleum ©

 

 

 
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Inside the bellies
of petroleum tankers
live engine room monsters
they roar
for men
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young men
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able men
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boil their blood
sizzle their veins
grill their brains
fry their feet
stoke their ears
broil their legs
bake their teeth
stew their tongues
sear their souls
devour them whole
all day- all night long
young men, able men, giving their all
for the engine room monsters as they roar "MORE!"

                                    —Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos

 

To secure oil interests, the price of petroleum continues to be paid through lives destroyed by war in Iraq and Genocides in Darfur. The first victims were the Armenians, the Assyrians, and the Greeks—the millions of the original Christian inhabitants of Asia Minor (now Turkey).

 

Forgotten Genocides of the 20th Century: A Compilation of Poetry – Editor Ara Sarafian

 


 
Read more poems by Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos in the following publication

  FORGOTTEN GENOCIDES OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Gregory Djanikian, George Hobson, Dean Kostos, Sofia Kontogeorge-Kostos, David Kherdian, Gregory Topalian, Nora Armani. Edited by Ara Sarafian. 

 

Dedicated to the memory of the destruction of Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks in Ottoman Turkey. The destruction of native Americans. The annihilation of Gypsies during WWII. Rwanda, Darfur and other victimised groups whose memory has been forgotten. 

 

Sofia Kontogeorge-Kostos is the author of Before the Silence: Archival News Reports of the Christian Holocaust that begs to be Remembered available in hardback and Kindle

      


      

 

     

 

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