“Tears, silence in NZ mining town” (Dick Whyte)

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collapsed mine
the pub falls
silent

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Headlines:

“Tears, silence in NZ mining town” (Straits Times)

“Pike River: World rescue experts shocked at scale of tragedy” (NZ Herald)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet. Our deepest sympathies to the families of those that died in the recent mining tragedy.

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^ 6 Comments...

  1. Michael Henry Lee

    Another succinct example of art depicting life. A great piece of believable pathos.

  2. Laurence Stacey

    I agree! This is a lovely poem. As I mentioned to you before, I love how the collapse of the mine is juxtaposed with the “collapse” of sound in the pub. This haiku is also structured in a way that really amplifies the images; with the poem “collapsing” into a single word. Well done!

  3. Dick Whyte

    Thanks Michael and Laurence – this was something that really spoke to me so I wanted to put it into poetry. A truly tragic event.

  4. Patti N.

    A tragedy, and it leaves everyone speechless. Good work.

  5. Dick Whyte

    Many thanks Patti. It really is a tragedy.

  6. Kirsten Cliff

    Dick, thank you for honouring this tragedy with poetry. Much appreciated.

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