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Evergreen Cemetery October 2016 – A Poem by Phil Woods

October 9, 2016
Leadville from the Emmet Mine, looking west.

Leadville from the Emmet Mine, looking west.

EVERGREEN CEMETERY OCTOBER 2016

On Saturday we remembered

Irish miners buried
In a nearby meadow. Pines

growing among their sunken

outlines. Average age, twenty-three.

Most nameless. No marker.

A tiny wooden one empty

after years of rain & snow.

Worked like ants in high

mountain tunnels. Many

from played out copper

region of southwest Ireland.

This day warm enough for

short sleeves. Pleasant.

This morning Leadville

reported a low of fourteen.

That’s what it would have

been like back then.

These old sharp & rounded

peaks have seen it all.

You have to stay in silence

with them to hear

their prayers.

"Finntown" remains; possibly what was a sauna, a part of the small community of Finnish miners who lived among the Aspens by the Emmet mine in the 1880s, 1890s

“Finntown” remains; possibly what was a sauna, a part of the small community of Finnish miners who lived among the Aspens by the Emmet mine in the 1880s, 1890s

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(photos by Rob Prince)

 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarge Cheever permalink
    October 9, 2016 12:02 pm

    nice fsc

  2. John Kane permalink
    October 9, 2016 2:52 pm

    Thank you.

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