My Chemical Sunset

The following excerpts are from journal entries from the late 1990s-early 2000s.

The Mississippi River has 7 undercurrents, each going in a different direction. So if someone fell in, they would be sucked by the currents straight to the bottom of the river. Not to mention the gators, mutated fish (from all the pollution. Some fish are up to 3 feet long in diameter). Mosquitos the size of the palm of my hand over the river’s edge, and to top it off, the rats are as giant as cats and live in termite-infested trees. There are so many termites here they inject poison into the trees to kill them off. Roaches by the millions infest the gutters, smelling of feces and vomit. The sky here turns red from the chemical sunset.

“My Chemical Sunset,” Photo by Rowynn Dumont

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