Sometimes We Resist

In spite of Burnaby City Council and 75% of Burnaby residents’ opposition, the National Energy Board granted Kinder Morgan access to begin work on their TransMountain tar sands pipeline expansion project in a designated conservation area on Burnaby Mountain. In response to the intrusion, local residents have been peacefully blockading the area. Kinder Morgan is now suing five residents of Greater Vancouver for $5.6 million. Stephen Collis is one of the five. Last week, during an injunction hearing, his poetry was used against him in court.

If you stand behind the blockade members, you can show your support by adding your voice to this letter.

Beating the Bounds

I was in a park

I could not see
Global capitalism

Its dinosaur bones
Covered in chrome

I saw     trees
Their leaves
Turning yellow and
Golden brown

I saw the harbour
And the city set
Down below
The mountain

A place you’d descend
To or ascend from

I asked someone
How do we resist?

Consider the trees
Bending in the wind
Their root grip
Deep in the land

Consider the mountain
That does not drift
A little east or west
North or south

But remains a marker
We chart day’s circuits round

I asked
What if they come
With saw teeth
For the trees

With horizontal
Directional drilling
For pipelines through
Mountain’s immobile heart?

And one there said
Sometimes the voice
Sometimes the voices
Tear teeth from saw’s blades

Sometimes a body
Sometimes all our bodies
Blunt the bits of drills
Dull dollar’s desire

Sometimes
Someone said
Someone just like

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