Tar Creek Runs Red

Tar Creek Runs Red

A Poem by Sarah Roehrig

Ballad about the environmental and social impact of coal mining in general, but specifically influenced by Picher Oklahoma and America's worst environmental disaster


Tar Creek Runs Red   

Heavy, Heavy song.

Rosebuds Recycle rain

Move the people up stream,   

And the voice of Pain.

Repeat, Repeat, mountains Recoil

Dead like the Queen of the Nile;

Pitchers of souls mine the coal,

Smile a Smile all the while,

The backhoe pulls, Rolling Right.

Cut through the plug,

Blood stains the biting clouds,

Move the Artificial Light.

There is no beauty nor Rest here,  

Rivers of Blood,

Cold, Mechanical lies,

Drag through the mud.

Ashes fall, the fire is lit

One day they will arise.

Spirit moving through bones and Rhythm so strong,

To Hear their troubled cries.

© 2017 Sarah Roehrig

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Added on January 7, 2017
Last Updated on January 7, 2017
Tags: Tar Creek, Oklahoma, coal, mining, environment, disaster, rain, voice, pain, mountains, dead, souls, smile, light, artificial, blood, clouds, beauty, rest, rivers, cold, mechanical, fire, spirit, cry


Sarah Roehrig
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