|Whatcom Creek Pipeline Explosion|
|More Than a Decade of Healing|
Douglas Allan MacLean - Original Poem
There are many of us who do not know the families of the victims personally, but we share in the grief and sadness only by imagining losing our own children to this kind of catastrophe. There are no words that can completely resolve the emotions of ten years ago, I offer sympathy, heartfelt condolences, support and reassuring comfort that healing happens with time, positive optimism and unconditional love.
As the smoke was clearing that unforgettable day, I wrote this poem hoping it would shed a simple less complex understanding and help to heal the freshly opened wounds and give some vision of solace to the families and our community.
Ten-year old boys saved the city today
Two hundred and thirty thousand gallons they say
Timing is everything - our destiny some say
Douglas Allan MacLean, June 1999