Human chain (*)
on Sheila Ash (India), 03/Jul/2017 06:14, 34 days ago
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The tap tap tap has passed.Terrace doors are opened one by oneand one by one are shutclosing life behind them.One by one the men light uptheir first of the day,their last before evenfall.Down the street,along the lane,up the hill.The derrick tower looms large aheadabove the grumbling heapsamidst the grey cloudssilently hugging the warming ground.In the cagedown, downto the darkness.Along tunnels,ever narrowing,ever shallowing,to greet the face.The air thickensrank with sweat and dust.Shirts removed their own toildrips and streaks their chests.The bird singsto the clunk clinkof chisel and hammeragainst the wall.The rush of basketsscurrying,carrying awaythe debris of destruction.A man coughs and spits.The birds continues to twitter.© Sheila Ash 3rdJuly 2017(*) The titles comes from the twelfth and final poetry collection and poem of the same title by Seamus Heaney– see