Open Mic Blog
|Posted on May 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM|
Since this is Memorial Day weekend, I've decided to publish my poem online in memory of the 29 miners who lost their lives at Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010.
Montcoal, West Virginia: April 2010
Night after night of this cruelest month,
porch lights beckon the miners home
and wait for a truck to top the hill.
Each evening they keep watch,
listening for the crush of tires on gravel,
the bark of a faithful dog.
But the men aren’t coming back,
tonight or any night
from Upper Big Branch mine.
have long gone out,
but families hold vigil and pray,
and somehow the miners
hear each whispered word,
see all those porch lights
candling the darkness,
calling them home.