Mine Trail
Pudding Magazine #59

A stony trail leads from the road
where a coati printed its tracks in the dirt
over those of a deer

to an abandoned mine
with tailings piled at the mouth
and a history of echoes

winding into darkness
that runs its silky course
through layers of rock

to the vein of silence
that never loosened even
when the miners drilled

into the mountain until it hurt
and came back to a light
too bright for them to see

the sparrows bouncing in the grass.

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The Schuylkill Valley Journal publishes poetry, short stories and critical essays. Both the SVJ and SVJ LIT come out twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.
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