25 August 2002

Quecreek Photo Op

"Symbolic of an
American spirit that
will defeat terrorism"?

The 9 miners
whose $1,500,000 stories
were bought by

Disney? Or those
who will someday
die mining coal?

Whose poverty ensures
executives millions, whose
children overfly coveted

oilfields, whose coaldust
explosions heat mansions,
who drown in

water irrigating rosegardens?
May you, Shrub,
contract black lung,

asphyxiate, drown, burn,
break your back,
in the unregulated,

uninspected, unclean, unsafe
Pennsylvania coal mines
in which one

day's work would
exhaust your parasitic
life's accumulated labor.

Newspoetry at Spineless Books