H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
Coalmines Are Mine Disasters Even If They Don’t Cave In
How many coalminers toiled
near the dwindling Sherwood Forest
to feed the furnaces of Industrial Revolution’s juggernaut?
How could 12th century Robin Hood have foreseen
the coalmines of late 19th century Nottingham,
where D.H. Lawrence’s coalminer father came home
from work poignant as Blake’s sooty chimneysweeps?
Miners as tragic as those child labor minors.
And all those generations of coalminers
dying of “black lung” or dying in cave-ins!
Coalminers who should have been
soul miners mining their souls,
mind miners mining their minds,
for treasures more precious
than coal turned under eons of pressure into diamonds.
And diamond miners no less poignant picking diamonds
instead of cotton in the subterranean slavery of apartheid.
[Originally published in NHS 2011, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs11/.]