Death To Coal And West Virginia

Death To Coal And West Virginia

by “Diane”

My dear husband
has not been to Harvard

but he is a noble man
and in the coal mine
he is much prettier than a canary.

I love him much more than
the President who’s been to Harvard
and hates coal with a passion;

we have worked in a hole
and his pompous self has not.

We know about energy and faith,
and he knows about subsidized solar panels
and about his crony friends who lose money
on impractical schemes– so smart that

he’d have a mechanical canary
like the emperor, but

the the song is paramount
when the variations
are still odd and ugly
and the original melody
remains the nightingale’s
original truth and glory

We can wash our hands, but
he can not.

— Douglas Gilbert