Mountaintop Removal

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Appalachia’s night.

Black sky…
a great bed of coal
stretched above earth.

Moon tumbles
like a silver boulder
expelled from
mountaintop.

Weep, Pleaides,
my Seven Sisters.
Let your tears
rain down on
shattered mountains.

Where would the gods
have dwelled
if Mt. Olympus
had been mined?

  • Neva Bryan

    Neva Bryan is widely published in literary journals, online magazines, and anthologies, including Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Canary: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis, and We All Live Downstream: Writings about Mountaintop Removal. She lives in the mountain coalfields of Virginia with her husband and their two dogs.

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