Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 30, 2019

Daily missive for Wednesday the 27th of March.~by Peter Forster



Daily missive for Wednesday the 27th of March.

‘Any old iron’
Drifted along the street
Echoing back off the cobbles
Along with the click clack
Of heavily shod hooves
As the old Shire
Dragged the dirty cart
Between the redbrick
Miners cottages
Fit for working men
With families
One bedroom suits all
The rag’n’bone man
Cherished a tin bath
As indoor plumbing
Began to replace a standpipe
And an outside lav
We ran alongside
Begging for a ride
A stroke of the old beast’s
Shaggy head
If you could give enough
He had goldfish
In a tank on the back
Most of them were dead
Seasick he said
Mum always refused
We could always win one
At the fair
Autumn nights
Illuminating lights
Waltzers and music
A travelling circus
For the workers’ entertainment
Whatever happened to
The bearded lady
The two-headed dog
Bonfire night
And spit-roast hog
Sausage in a bun
A festival of fun
Before bedtime
With frost on the windows
And soot on the sill
A shift change
At midnight
The whine
Of the winding wheel
The rumble of the
Coal trucks
The tumble of shale
The shrill blast
Of the siren call
The aching silence
At the pit head
Waiting for news
Of the living and dead
Were never good
Or bad
They were all we had,
To live
Or die
For the sake of the pit
No, life was not good
In truth it was…

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