Between the Waters

What I Remember - 1

By: EarlB, 11:14 PM GMT on July 13, 2014



I remember the polished-top silver-steel
rails
that carried the coal: hard, "blue", coal
from the mines that scarred earth's
breast;
The same coal that burned hot and
blue-flamed
through the long winter nights
in fires "banked" to outlast ,untended, the
night;
Cold mornings after nights trapped under
comforters
that made the toes cramp from their weight;
Hurrying down the cold hall to the bathroom where
electricity
warmed only that room, too far away from the
stove;
Hearing the rattling of stove grates telling of a renewed
fire to come, to burn all-day-hot, to burn blue-flamed again.

All the while, steel on steel, those miles of rails were
polished.


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