Black Gold Gone

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Coal Miner’s Statue-Kelty, Fife.

Black Gold Gone

A corner rested but not forgotten

Wi the rowans as weak as maiden’s watter

This Miner’s Memorial Garden in Lochore

Has legacy and horizons baith free and framed-

Sheep grazing and boarded up hooses nearby.

 

What way now for the bairns given toast each day

Be the bodies to fight wars foreign and away

Still the black gold* lies cold unner their feet

Enough of this food bank rich status quo conceit.

 

I worked in Kimberley township life so rich

Like Fife the veins of community are as blood

In South Africa a full decade intae Freedom new

Watched a mither selling crisps at the high school wire

What difference the early deaths here and no jobs

As a missing grass leaf care not the Cabinet snobs.

 

What way now for the bairns given toast each day

Be the bodies to fight wars foreign and away

Still the black gold lies cold unner their feet

Enough of this food bank rich status quo conceit.

 

More and more plans and targets for less and less siller

Less and less are the resources made to use

Savings are cuts in any leid or tongue

What is going to make the children’s breid?

Is this the future anySma nation needs?

More and more plans, targets all for Lot’s Pillar.

And now I walk in this quiet garden

The winter sun to help Friday’s burden

If I could tap that gold in the earth

It would be for the individual bairns I’d name

Not for the abstract notion of a nation’s rebirth

Fear and threats still leaves them lame.

 

*Black Gold-coal, mined by many thousands in Fife’s past.

 

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