James Ronan

Rookie (1943 / USA)

Golden Game

Fading scars mark an offended earth,
In tailings exposed on distant hills,
Bearing past witness of a metal’s worth,
Its memorials decay as aging ore mills.

Donkeys bray under burdensome loads,
Where picks and shovels are snugly framed,
Boots worn thin from treading off roads,
Seeking payback on grubstakes claimed.

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