Susan J. Erickson wrote this poem about the June 10, 1999 pipeline explosion in Bellingham.
"Whatcom Creek Prayer"
Remembering the June 10, 1999
gas pipeline explosion.
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Whatcom Creek reads like a life line
on the palm of our town, flows from the thumb
of its water source, traverses head
and heart lands until it enters the sea. This creek
is a line of destiny, too:
how we write communal history.
Walk along the creek.
Listen for the kuk-kuk-kuk
of a pileated woodpecker. Inhale
the green scent of moss layered on stones
and cedar. See the fire-blackened totems
of fir trees, witnesses to all that ruptured
when a gas pipeline exploded
and Liam, Wade and Stephen died.
From then until forever, this place
is ours to hold and keep holy.