Day 6 -NaPoWriMo/ A to Z Challenge/ Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Poem – Blank Verse – “Coal Dust for Sunlight” #poetry #amwriting #flashfiction #NaPoWriMo #AtoZchallenge 

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is “to write a poem that looks at the same thing from various points of view.” The corresponding GoodRead’s quote for the A to Z Challenge is the letter E. 


Credit: Yarn Spinner

“It’s one of those things a person has to do; sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.” ― Edward Albee, The American Dream & The Zoo Story


Down in the swamp, down in the bogs there’s —

Mud sucking at my feet, at my soul

Everyday I journey here and fight, 

The elements, the giant rocks, gnarled trees, 

Worst of all the swamp, pulling me in. 

There are days I believe I shall let it, 

But my wife she sees, working here means, 

In such a short while, we shall both be free. 

She says, we’re educated, we have more —

To us than meets the eye, we’ve wisdom

To work in horrible conditions, 

Because we know two years from now we —

Can leave this wretched bog behind, with all —

The tortures of the tormenting tree limbs, 

Nightmares left, there’s better; we’re going —

To the City, where education’s worth —

Something and I won’t have to hate each day. 

Mining for fuel, this coal coating my lungs, 

My wife’s happy, delighted, she is life

So I listen to my fathers last words:

“Don’t stay in this town all your life, move on. 

Take your girl, your college education, 

Leave this foul place behind, don’t be me, 

Coal dust in your lungs is misery and —

A cancerous death is what awaits you.” 

So, I worked and she and I, we left here

To the bustling city, with peaceful parks, 

We breathe, ‘neath blossomed trees, reading in light. 



©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 


10 thoughts on “Day 6 -NaPoWriMo/ A to Z Challenge/ Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Poem – Blank Verse – “Coal Dust for Sunlight” #poetry #amwriting #flashfiction #NaPoWriMo #AtoZchallenge 

  1. Priceless Joy April 7, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Great poem Mandi! Very powerful! I have to agree that working in a coal mine would be just like this.

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    • mandibelle16 April 7, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Yeah, I think so to. I’ve read stories Fiction and nonfiction about it, and it seems like a terrible job both the job itself and for ones health. I was glad I was able to combine the three prompts lol. I wasn’t sure how that was going to turn out! Have a lovely weekend.


      • mandibelle16 April 7, 2017 / 8:41 pm

        Yeah doing National Poetry Month with A to Z Challenge and trying to the usual prompts as much as I can as well 🙂


      • Priceless Joy April 7, 2017 / 9:44 pm

        I think you did great if you could make that Poem cover 3 prompts!

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  2. Ameena k.g April 8, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Awww, and he worked hard for it and finally left the coal mine. I love the happy ending.

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    • mandibelle16 April 8, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks Ameena, yeah good money but no good for a guys health when you’re breathing that in like his Dad did. He has no debt after two years and a good education so hopefully he and his wife can find a better job in the city. Thanks for reading Ameena 🙂

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      • Ameena k.g April 8, 2017 / 3:43 pm

        Hopefully they will 😊. That’s a lot of challenges you took on this month, and you’re doing great on them. Congrats mandi

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