Appalachia Rising

Bob Henry recently read his poems at the Voices from the Mountains event at Appalachia Rising, an event which took place in Washington DC, September 25-27, 2010 is a national response to the poisoning of America’s water supply, the destruction of Appalachia’s mountains, head water source streams, and communities through mountaintop removal coal mining. It follows a long history of social action for a just and sustainable Appalachia. Appalachia Rising strives to unite coalfield residents, grass roots groups, individuals, and national organizations to call for the abolition of mountaintop removal coal mining and demand that America’s water be protected from all forms of surface mining. Click Here to read more on the offical site.

Appalachia Rising

by: Bob Henry Baber (For Jeff Chapman-Crane)

There will come a dawn
When, like trees in June,
The Appalachian people will reclaim
What can only so long be denied.

On that morn dew will soften the moon
And up from dark hollers they will rise,
Moving with the persistence
Of tendrils reaching towards light
And floating like burning fog
Along rocky spines and inclines
To the tops of the mountains.

They will not be thwarted.

Like the ancient blizzards of childhood
They will cover the scars of greed
With a vision of crystalline purity.
Even the dinosaurs
And yellow caterpillars of the fossil age
Will be buried beneath the muffling quiet
Of their accumulation.

All will rest. Life will be a slow melting.

And after many springs and much rust
No one will remember
When the land was made slave
To red law and lust.