Jesenica – Aberdare – Iron – Coal – 1913

 

The garlands of narcissi shone,

Amongst the regiments of steel.

From orange dust, in which they coughed:

Came building’s load, and railroad.

 

Just like the metal there was coal,

Which clogged the lungs, and coated souls,

And saturated hems and hopes

Of every waiting valley girl.

 

And from the margins built the calls,

Along the tunnels, from the slag,

Around the coke and winding sheds:

They sung the gallows, whispered war.

 

The patterns of despair were set

Across a Europe drowned in sweat.

 

 

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One Comment to “Jesenica – Aberdare – Iron – Coal – 1913”

  1. Geographical note Jesenica and Aberdare are both industrial towns (now in northern Slovenia and South Wales respectively). Both were important to the respective Empires in 1913 (Austro-Hungarian and British).

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