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[Poem] “Secluded Vibrance”

2017 February 2
by Mike Vial

“Secluded Vibrance”

West Virginia’s forsaken coke
ovens, a painter’s acid palette,
reddened the rocks of Douglas Falls.
Listen to the water whisper a story
waiting in secluded vibrancy.

That green pool of tears knows
the taste of our progress better
than we do, as those falls crash
stained rock, again and again,
a spectacular, grotesque end.

 

February 1-2, 2017

Photo credits: Adam and Christine of Viginiatrailguide.com, used with permission.

Photo credits: Adam and Christine of Virginiatrailguide.com, used with permission.

  • Congress votes to end rule stopping coal mining debris from being dumped in streams http://ti.me/2l0B1M5
  • More about Douglas Falls: Virginiatrailguide.com
  • A hiking map through Black Canyon Trails: here
  • The phrase “secluded vibrance” comes from photographer Matthew Kocin’s photo here.
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