The Old Strip Mine

Troy Camplin
Apr 21 · 2 min read

When we were young and still
In love, we’d wander ‘round
The strip pit, climb the hill
Look down where your brother drowned
Where boys still fish for bass
There we’d stand and you would sigh
The sun would shine like brass
There in the pond and you would cry

That scar upon the land
That scar upon your heart
I was too young to really understand
That scar upon the land
That scar upon your heart
I was too young, so we both grew apart

We’d row across the pond
The island topped with trees
Were you would show how fond
You were of me. My pleas
Of love would never fail
The silver moon would shine
On you, light on the shale,
And we’d get slowly drunker on our wine

That scar upon the land
That scar upon your heart
I was too young to really understand
That scar upon the land
That scar upon your heart
I was too young, so we both grew apart

And then one day you disappeared
I don’t know why you’re gone
I only hope that what I’ve feared
Has never seen the dawn

That scar upon the land
That scar upon your heart
I was too young to really understand
That scar upon the land
That scar upon your heart
I was too young, so we both grew apart

That scar upon the land
That scar upon your heart
I was too young to really understand
That scar upon the land
That scar upon your heart
I was too young, so we both grew apart

Originally published at http://troycamplinpoetry.blogspot.com.

Thyme and Time Again

An Anthology of Metamodern Poetry by Troy Camplin

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