Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Smoulderings


Baby confused,
mother resentful,
conifers dead.

Train carries
Coal between
Now and Tomorrow.

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20 comments:

  1. Did you know, Stafford, that a big part of America's coal is sent to China (through my own state of Oregon)? We're determined to show a token interest in preserving the world's environment at home, but we're okay with helping other countries trash it.

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  2. Short, but certainly not sweet.
    I actually thought I'd give this one a miss, because I don't do 'maudlin mother and child'; judging by your contribution, there's no need.

    Perhaps I'll have a go after all.

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  3. I knew how you would approach this challenge ... I was on the same page!

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  4. we all see a different picture, don't we.

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  5. And tomorrow is another day but the sentiments are the same. Great write.

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  6. Powerful piece, Stafford!

    ~laurie

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  7. Bleak and pointed. Well done!

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  8. Such a coaled piece... poignant, stark, nailed it!

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  9. You've captured a cycle of despair well, here, Stafford.

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  10. I think this is masterful! "between now and tomorrow," so well said in so few words....

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  11. One of your best, Ford. Excellent capture.

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  12. I hear that train acomin', mate,
    and your acrid take on the
    John Ford, John Steinbeck
    depression mother is stark,
    and rough-edged, and it
    tosses us into a new place,
    a darker realm. Good on you.

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  13. "now and tomorrow"---that is my worry for the near future with the US having the largest amount of recoverable coal in the world! Great simple statement of the way it is.

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  14. Brilliant take - as usual!

    Anna :o]

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  15. compact and witty.
    well done.

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  16. You said it all with one line Stafford....powerful writing! :-)

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  17. Strong and throughtful. Wonderful, as usual.

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  18. Very thought-provoking commentary. Relating your piece to coal production is a strong statement.

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