Working People's Poetry Competition
Italian Laborer #65533
(d. January, 1895)
No one knows why
the primary explosive detonated
bone broke and broke again
against grey slate
tissue oozed down jagged mounds of waste rock
in Bangor, Pennsylvania
every piece froze quickly.
His wife prepares a favorite meal
to serve on fragile plates
a laggard mongrel curls
beneath wood fired stove.
On page three the local newspaper reports
Italian laborer #65533 dies in quarry incident
four other Italians are injured
two may not survive.
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