Posts tagged ‘nations’

20/06/2013

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.

 

 

09/06/2013

The Dance and the Dancers Both

 

The dance begins at half past two.

They break us, bend us, lash us to

Their silhouettes and pirouettes,

Across the maps of fiefdoms formed.

 

On barricades and barbed-wire proms

They build themselves a wall of trees,

And there they prance their mountain dance

To rules set out by forest kings.

 

We cower beneath their dancing shoes,

Their ballroom, breath room, cold war gloom.

They chat, and rat-a-tat, and crack

Our tarantella minds with tap.

 

At three they leave us to our tears,

To empty moves in darkened rooms.

 

 

stream of words poem written in response to:

http://mindlovemisery.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/prompt-7-nonsensemadness/

 

 

 

26/01/2013

Walking to France (Walk No. 6)

 

The rock thrush calls through vultured skies,

And high above the spirits build.

The valley plain has seen the change,

As voltine butterflies emerge.

 

The gathered heat has history’s tongues,

And summons up the mystery’s ghosts.

The Perfects’ silent, deathly pyre,

Which lingers odourless and long.

 

The mountain griffon circle round,

As step by step we walk the track

Which wartime settlements had planned.

Ignored by all, the bones are dust.

 

Across the border nothing’s changed:

The Cathar’s rock thrush sounds the same.