A 1 logo   A poem a day into the millennium
14 October 1999
 

The Steel Trap

 
unnatural metal torn from the earth
leaving gaping wounds and sullied streams
Carnegie's carnival and Frick's fix
when the militia fired on the Homestead workers
the union and america died
to build pyrmaids for the corporations
the ribbon of steel unwinds
through the heartland
carries only Morgan's minions
and cinders for the streams
armaments for the bosses
to kill the poor
profits soar and spirits sink
the heart of this land
rust-streaked and wavering, waits
while there is no sacrament in Bethlehem
or us in U.S. Steel
- Ken Peters
 

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