Contest Winner

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.

              Frank Falcone

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