The Miners

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gritty and filthy—
their faces at twilight
when they come home from the mine
 
one of them enters an empty house
(his wife left two months ago)
 
one of them finds
only fetid cabbage soup on the table—
not enough money for meat or milk
 
and one of them sips a bitter drink
from a mug with a broken handle
 
all three of them know
that nothing will ever be the same again—
 
the streetcar that used to stop at the corner
to carry them to the mine
(ten cents round trip)
sits rusting in the rail yard
and not even a vow to the gods
will make its wheels turn again

 

© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Posted on May 22, 2016, in poetry, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. How can we mine emptiness – each carefully chosen image makes you feel for these men..a scene still playing out today as we strip people of so much and invest in the wrong things

  2. Wow very profound write Maggie

    Have a good Sunday

    much love…

  3. I feel sadness here really & desperation….in the knowledge that the wheels will not turn again.

  4. I can feel the sadness in your lines.. so beautifully written.

  5. the poem reminds me specially of the great depression of the 1930’s….

  6. I can feel the way the rust speaks… how miner cities dies, this is a dark legacy that’s still ongoing (maybe that they would live on fast-food today instead)

  7. Through your words, I can feel their plight. Broken cup handles, broken dreams.

  8. A world of emptiness, underlined by those final lines. Wonderfully written,

    Elizabeth
    https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/trading-vows/

  9. You must have guessed that from the selected the words that sadness would stand out in the writing. Having seen towns deteriorate like this the feeling of hopeless invades every being living there. A very emotive piece.

  10. A sad situation too common.

  11. This is an incredible piece. Bravo!

  12. So often the jobs of old are taken away leaving only the rusting hulls of industry. Unfortunately that includes the human factor. Well written.

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