BP, Please Accept Our Apology
By Elton Camp
It made one of our fine leaders frown
To see you subjected to a shakedown.
Money for damages to be set aside,
He simply could not approve or abide.
To criticize you is to be deplored
Although safety you have ignored.
None should you bash
For bringing in the cash
There are good reasons why
Eleven workers had to die.
They chose to work a dangerous place
Well knew an explosion they might face
It now is foolish to wail and curse
Cause you didn’t put safety first.
Should be praised for giving jobs
To such a worthless gang of slobs
If they had been more alert,
BP’s image wouldn’t be hurt.
But now your name is black as oil.
From your stock investors recoil.
We do very much fear
BP’s the victim here
So it is so very true
An apology is due
Of complaints we’ve had enough
From those who fish in the Gulf.
It is a greedy, shameless disgrace
To ask that their losses you replace
You have freed them from strife
Gave chance to gain a better life
And there is this more to say
Who needs seafood anyway?
You have done something grand
To despoil beaches of white sand.
Where people came to bake
A risk of skin cancer to take
And there is also this truth to say:
Beachfront motels are ugly anyway.
Maybe now they’ll be torn down
With not so many tourists around.
Those whose jobs are gone should smile.
Now they can find employment worthwhile.
Instead of offering to the nation
A dangerous, hot seaside vacation
BP should now be given praise
For its fine conduct in these days
So, let it be said yet again,
“BP, we are sorry for our sin.”