St Gabriel Windows

St Gabriel Windows
Photocopy c. 2013 Jamie Laubacher

Poem: Metal Graveyards

by Denise (c. 1984)

Steel skeletons rust

their parking lots are growing weeds

out on Neville Island

where memory stands the ingot

and dust collecting button,

now given up for street d├ęcor…

artistic point of view?….or

dreary gray embalmment…?

While skinny, peeling houses

packed in neat tight rows

observe the metal graveyards

and the smokes of hope

that dissipate…..

steel ingots

(this was my tribute poem to the closing steel mills in PA back in the 80’s; it was published in Midwest Poetry Review way back when)