Coal Kid ii

everywhere he looked
it seemed disaster loomed

new thoughts and ideas he was sure
could only break the mould
and the levees that kept safe the old faults

he wasn’t trying to be the children’s champion
like George Smith of Coalville or something
nor was he trying to be Abraham… turning from the sacrifice of Isaac to a ram, to symbolise the social will for much needed change that the Israelites desired, which was to put an end to the practice of human sacrifice

he knew very well that there was no such thing as perfection – only the conception of it and so, he was resolved not to oppose their way of life but to show them another… and he was not intent on making hyperbolical criticisms or quibbling… only a hope to quell their bacchanalian behaviour

but since the laws that rule man are the laws that man make…
and also being at the end of his tether
all he could do was issue a prescient warning
about the kind of destruction that was bound to follow degeneration due to injustice

© Heath Muchena, 2015


6 Comments on “Coal Kid ii”

  1. Susanne says:

    A poem for our times. I had to turn off the news today. Much better to come here and read a version of it in poetry.

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  2. Leave a note on gmail ?

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  4. I of July says:

    you just put a smile on my face, thanks Sue 🙂


  5. I of July says:

    sure buddie, hit me up 🙂

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