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Mining Memories

Writing.ie | Magazine | Mining Memories

Joe Massingham

This fabulous poem is by writing.ie visitor Joe Massingham. Mining Memories was Commended in the Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards in Western Australia earlier this year. The portrait is by kind permission of the artist, Ian Henderson, DCA.

Mining Memories

It’s still dark o’clock

and fumbling fingers of recall

fossick through the rubble of remembrance

searching for stones of colour that might

polish up to give some value to yesterday.

But in the night light

textures tell more than colours

and I feel the happiness of other times

when we searched together for the tint

that might glint in each other’s heart.

Those mines are empty now

our picks and sieves abandoned.

You settled for an easier life where

you can choose the jewels you wear.

I kick green stones disconsolately.

About the author

(c) Joe Massingham 2011

Joe Massingham was born in the UK but has lived the second  half of his life in Australia.

Major employment has been as a Navy officer, university student from first degree to PhD, tutor, lecturer and Master of Wright college, University of New England, NSW. Has run his own writing and editing business but retired early because of cancer and heart problems and now spends time waiting to see medical practitioners, writing poetry and prose and smelling the roses.

He has had work published in Australia, UK, USA and NZ – and right here on writing.ie!

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