28 February 1999

it starts here when a mountainside is reduced to slag and scorched vegetation

it continues here when a worker dies underground

three lives later, it is taken by train across a divided countryside into a demilitarized zone

then, within a three-mile radius of a set of corporate interests, it is reduced to waste and ore

third degree burns occur all up and down a leg

and then there is a paycheck that bounces and sexual harrasment

by the time it gets to you it has a surgeon general's warning


but there is no warning from the department of labor

Newspoetry at Spineless Books