David Semenske

Rookie - -1 Points (9/17/58 / Milwaukee, Wi)

Bay Views Rolling Mills Poem by David Semenske


There was a test of wills
At Bay Views Rolling mills
A fight for an eight hour day

The Guard was called out
As the workers shout
Eight hours no reduction in pay

Verbal orders mixed up
As the Guard raised their rifle up
Firing a volley of lead

And when the smoke had cleared
The worst was feared
Seven or more lie dead

Gone was their eight hour day
The one we enjoy today
As we remember that fateful day that tragic fifth of may 1886

Submitted: Friday, February 21, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Topic of this poem: History


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Written in honor of those killed in Milwaukee's fight for the eight hour day

Comments about this poem (Bay Views Rolling Mills by David Semenske )

  • Gold Star - 12,092 Points Kim Barney (3/6/2015 4:26:00 PM)

    Very nicely done. Enjoyed your reading of the poem. Your voice has a very pleasing sound.
    There are three differences between the printed words and the spoken ones, however.
    1. printed: RIFLE spoken: RIFLES
    2. printed: LIE DEAD spoken: LAY DEAD
    3. printed: THE ONE WE ENJOY TODAY spoken: THE ONE THAT WE ENJOY TODAY
    Congratulations on having it selected as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,974 Points Mj Lemon (3/6/2015 3:42:00 PM)

    Phil Ochs...Woody Guthrie...Gordon Lightfoot...Bay Views Rolling Mills. This is a great work...A 10 (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,511 Points John Richter (3/6/2015 10:42:00 AM)

    Interesting. Enjoyed your vocalization of the poem too.... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,842 Points Babatunde Aremu (3/6/2015 8:44:00 AM)

    A very rare poem on rare topic: Labor Struggle. Great write (Report) Reply

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