Lyndsie Bourgon is a student in the MLitt Environmental History program at the University of St Andrews. She calls Calgary, Alberta, home, and her work has appeared in the Believer, the Guardian, Hazlitt, and Maisonneuve.
Thick with sludgy green water and mud, the pond was a rundown neighbor to the white bungalow next door. But Pastor Jerel Keene, whose Louisiana Church congregation uses the bungalow as an office, envisioned a mission for the land the pond occupied, so he hired someone to dump red clay into the water and waited four years for it to settle like cement. He planted grass to reclaim the earth it became.