Monday, September 30, 2019

Hope Rises From Coal

Black lung words
hung on daddy’s tongue
pulling me from coal
on the white wing hope
I’d see a better day.

He said the devil paints
rainbows with pills,
but lies stain your body blue
until brown dirt coffins your bones.

Son, I’ve been living gray shadows,
but tomorrow is bright yellow with sun.
Don’t be stuck where midnight owns
the valley… tie your shoelaces and run.

©Susie Clevenger 2019


  1. Love the last line! It feels like an escape from the dull grey of the city and out in the wild. I was 'struck' by the "lies stain your body blue' because it is the black that fades to yellow until the body is sound once again. There is a sense of the underground as well, digging for coal but finding bones. It's almost as if you don't leave there will be nothing left of you remaining, so best get those shoes on!

  2. I love the whie wing hope the son would see a better day......the father living grey shadows, but seeing the sun for his child. As we parents tend to do.