Thursday, May 8, 2008

Oil, Oil Everywhere

Sometimes I just like to put things into Google to see what come out. Today I put in "oil, water, everywhere." The top three hits were old articles, spanning the last several years, from Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine. "Oil, Oil Everywhere..."

I've quoted The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner here before, interestingly enough. Months ago I learned that the albatross has got caught up in oil itself, with many species on the verge of extinction...

It seemed like a good time to revisit the stanza in question:

And the Albatross begins to be avenged.

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink ;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very deep did rot : O Christ !
That ever this should be !
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.

About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night ;
The water, like a witch's oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white.

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