Ocean waters on three sides
begrudge a narrow table
to thirsty revelers,
their indebted suppliers
and the cynical few
who capitalize and retire
somewhere else.

Thus, it is forbidden to speak
of saline intrusion,
effluent seepage,
inflated property values
or a building moratorium,
we all need money,
every living one of us
for as long as
the beauty may sell.

Then to say out loud
by letters to an editor
that something is wrong here,
these children deserve better
than progressive ecocide,
might be just enough
to win a new home
at the bottom of the Bay.

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