We only recognized that sea laden
with our mothers’ fear after it raised
its head high and ate the feet of our homelands…
It crashed near our homes,
cast onto us
its waves heavy with black tar
and took our fish…
They said the war was coming.
It did not come with its soldiers
but sent us its ammunition.
We knew the battle could have killed us
without descending on our land.
The grandmothers prayed that the oil would vanish
and the world prayed to God that He wouldn’t answer their prayers.