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by Trina Peiffer, written for the Kentucky Resources Council
November 3, 2017
Who would you want in the middle
of your controversy—
your town, forest, mountain,
your water supply,
your cave, neighborhood, farmland,
who would you want
when you can’t take the trees
to the courtroom with you
to state their case
and you can’t make the river talk
any more than it does, tippling the rocks,
when you can’t determine in dollars exactlythe value of clean air,
and it never will blow back
in its own defense.
Who would you want
in defense of the voiceless, the unseen,
and in defense of the beautiful
those delicate connectionsbetween waterways, & in soil
fortifying plants, & in the power
of trees growing and re-growing
under our single sun.
is the legal face of the voiceless.
stands behind its every brief, legal opinion, policy,
is fearless in the middle of controversy
where it stakes its place in the heart of Kentucky.