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Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Wonderful World.14

Details of my Poetry Month Project can be found here.




Compromise

Hungry for energy,
we sacrifice wild splendor,
harnessing the river's power,
taming it with concrete and steel,
satisfied with this compromise.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2014


When the Itaipu Dam was built, the sacrifice was the Guaíra Falls, the world's largest waterfall by volume. Was it worth it? Depends how you determine worth, I guess...

image from The Misanthrope's Journal


Carol wrote two poems for the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday. They are at Carol's Corner.

Kevin has an unusual poem for today. But it's also perfect for the wonder. The Itaipu Dam converts the energy of water into electricity. To understand Kevin's poem, you'll have to translate it. Check it out here. For more poetry fun, check out the Grant Snider's Poetry Posters that Kevin is highlighting.

5 comments:

  1. My poem:
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    Use: http://www.unit-conversion.info/texttools/ascii/

    Kevin

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  2. Sad to see the difference in the pictures, but I like electricity, would not deny it to others. Are they satisfied? It's often a question.

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  3. ITAIPU- A POEM IN TWO VOICES
    It won't format right here, you have to go to my blog to see it.

    Paraná River,
    world’s seventh largest
    natural border between
    Brazil and Paraguay

    is it possible
    to harness
    this immense power






    Guaíra Falls
    twice Niagara’s height
    twice Niagara’s flow

    submerged forever

    “Here seven visions,
    seven liquid
    sculptures
    vanished
    through computerized calculations
    of a country
    ceasing to be human
    in order to become
    a chilly corporation,
    nothing more. “
    -Carlos Drummond de Andrade,
    "Farewell to Seven Falls"

    Unprecedented cooperation
    between Brazilian and Paraguayan
    governments.
    Argentina too!
    Look!
    Look what we can do
    if we work together!





    Our people
    are farmers.
    Ten thousand
    will lose their land.
    Their homes.
    Their livelihoods.

    Ninety percent of Paraguay’s power!
    One fourth of Brazil’s!

    We could be
    burning
    434,000 barrels
    of oil
    per day!





    Rare fruit trees,
    orchids
    animals species
    Gone.

    Breeding and
    migration patterns
    forever changed

    Itaipu!
    One of the seven wonders
    of the modern world!

    (C) Carol Wilcox, 2014






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  4. Such hard decisions. Like many, I want both! The electricity and the wild splendor. Sigh. Beautiful poem.

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  5. Mary Lee, it gives me goosebumps to see a part of my family's home country in your blog as I'm too familiar with the Itaipu and Guaira Falls. And yes, tough decisions as we need both in our world. Beautiful poems. Thank you!

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