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Germinal: The Revolt At Le Voreux Mine

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Germinal: The Revolt At Le Voreux Mine

Their  portraits hanging firmly
from the naked wall, all our goods
pawned for the cause.
To see our vision and strike through
Our lively evenings and peaceful nights
conquered by a full moon and hunger pains.
The speak easy is dead from receiving our
wages in small francs, our children weak and frail
There's barely bread and meat to last the week.
Again, we look throughout our empty home before
a dying fire, at last we look up at the remaining decorations.
A print of the King and Queen steering down at us, he says
"pawn them too", we couldn't get a penny out those useless folks
Yet, they are watching us perish.

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  1. Date: 4/23/2012 10:03:00 AM
    Such a sad situation! We can feel it thru your words. It's always happening somewhere... Beautiful reminder of something so epic to the people experiencing it!....

  1. Date: 6/13/2011 8:52:00 PM
    Full of feeling and pathos. It was a nice read. thanx for your kind comments. take care.

  1. Date: 6/7/2011 9:22:00 AM
    How sad, Derrick. There are financial woes in many contries today and people are holding more yard sales and pawning family heirlooms. Anything to avoid hunger and foreclosure. "We" shared "our" fish with five families and maybe that will help some of them. Still, my freezer is piled with grouper and snapper and I'm finding new ways to prepare them. Wish you really could have been there. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/5/2011 5:53:00 PM
    I see we are in the same frame of mind? Thanks for stopping by haven't heard from you in a bit? Everything OK? Light & Love

    Date: 6/5/2011 7:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry