The Miner’s Wife

She had six kids and a husband.

She spent a long time raising them.

The Silver Valley wasn’t home,

but it became that eventually.

Originally it was the Midwest someplace,

before the war.

 

On an island in the middle of a lake:

Six kids . . . and the rest of them,

the bastard step children or just the stray

dogs. It is the same every summer.

It is a vacation in the sun.

 

They put in her coffin the tomatoes

she never got around to canning before

she died. She wasn’t going to stick them

with all those tomatoes. They put in

a bottle of Yukon Jack, and a pack of Kools.

They were thoughtful, and tossed in a fresh

lighter. They put in a cold one in a can

cooler. It is always a long trip to somewhere.

The journey started with beer;

the journey ended with beer.

It is always a long trip to somewhere.

 

Dark places underground are strange,

things growing in the light less, and the light

reflects off dark pools from the miner’s lamps.

In the light of day, we keep on drinking

before we go back underground.

Above ground at night we keep

on drinking before we go back

underground during the day.

 

 

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About johnsmithiiimxiii

John Smith, IIMXIII is the avatar of an award winning poet, artist, etc. who still lives in the Palouse country of the Pacific NW. He has not received much notice with his prose . . . but as his avatar, I hope that he keeps plugging along.

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