Wales, 1953 by William Doreski

Collier. Smokestack. Sheep. Coal
heap brooding. Man with a pie hat—
Ben James in his numb black coat—
turns his back. Not on the sheep,

the coal, the conveyor creaking
up the slope of the heap but
on us, who sympathize
with this grainy scene and wish

to preserve it, film and pocket it
forever. How long is forever?
Only children ask that, and we
with our simple gestures display

no adorable childlike features—
only a smut of gray tones
sufficient to place us in Wales
in nineteen-fifty-three, Korea

boiling over and Ike glooming
in the White House, and coal
still the favorite pollutant
of a world impenitent of war.

William Doreski's work has appeared in various e and print journals and in several collections, most recently The Suburbs of Atlantis (AA Press, 2013

William Doreski’s work has appeared in various e and print journals and in several collections, most recently The Suburbs of Atlantis (AA Press, 2013

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