August 24, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Penn Kemp




Support In Absentia



But present in spirit. With you to

protect all the land and the water.


I wish I could attend the ceremony

in person. I wish I could stop this

Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

and buyout in Burnaby in person.


Kinder? Not this morning. Never.

No children of the morning need


apply. Nothing kind here and no

comparison in this short-sighted

gain for profit on unceded land.


Who is the enemy of the people?

Who gives voice to the salmon?

Courage, mes braves. Courage.


May all our words be enough to

affect right action, to stop this

violation now.





Oil pipeline spillage is a huge threat to the natural world. This poem participates in the CWAKE event (Canadian Writers Against Kinder-Morgan Expansion) in protest of the Kinder Morgan buyout and pipeline expansion in Burnaby, British Columbia. After being read, the words will be hung in the trees around the Kinder Morgan site, as well as compiled and mailed to the Office of the Canadian Prime Minister.

The protest will take place at The Watch House camp in Burnaby on August 25 at 1 pm.






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Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp is an activist Canadian poet, playwright and editor.  Her latest works are Local Heroes, and the forthcoming Fox Haunts. Recent books include Barbaric Cultural Practice and two anthologies edited, Women and Multimedia and Performing Women. See www.pennkemp.weebly.com.

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