Posts tagged ‘lead mines’

27/07/2013

The Minotaur’s Freedom (video)

 

 

 

A short video for my poem “The Minotaur’s Freedom” (which can be read further down this collection).

08/12/2012

Free Trade (Lothersdale Lead Mine)

 

The scar remains, two centuries on:

A sterile field, a poisoned rock.

The dust in summer, streams in spring,

Still thick with arsenic, lead and zinc.

 

A hundred families mined the ore,

They scraped their living coughing blood.

Salvation came in crusts of bread

And praying for the skylark’s song.

 

But far away the freedom flowed,

And wealth and light and flowers bloomed.

In silk and satin, trade and faith,

The spirit of the age was writ.

 

So hollow are those words of joy

When carved in stone on children’s graves.

07/05/2012

Mirrors of the Labyrinth

 

They’re sacrificed to autumn flights.

Enslaved by time or caught in light,

They’re made to turn ten thousand times:

Reflections of the world below.

 

The distant skylarks trapped by song,

In endless spirals through the blue,

Must sing and sing and not be done.

Their songs mean nothing to the sun.

 

The tack and flick of wheatear’s white

Along the crumbling Yarnbury Dam,

Are calls of spirits bound in lead,

Compelled to fight their pointless fights.

 

And way off by the Grinding House,

A buzzard wheels above the waste.