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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Welcome to Euphemism, North Carolina

by Michael Ceraolo

where Oceanview Farms operates
a Certified Animal Feeding Operation
that it calls by the acronym CAFO
to obscure what's going on there;

where a structure holding 12,000 animals
is  called a barn;

where hog shit is hosed off the floor
and then called waste;

where the hosed excrement is stored in a pit
that is then called a lagoon;

where the walls containing the pit
break one day in June 1995
and release
twenty-five million gallons
of the contaminated water
into the nearby New River;

where a seventeen-mile stretch of that river
had its aquatic life murdered;

where the punishments, if any,
never fit the crimes.

1 comment:

  1. Other than MAYBE persons who lived along that 17 miles, I wonder if anyone knew? Hush! Hush!