Coal’s Reply

Where do you live?

I live in ten thousand years of steep mountain
I live in ten thousand years of crag-rock

And your age?

My age is greater than the mountain’s
Greater than the crag-rock’s

How long have you been silenced?
Since the dinosaurs governed the earth
Since the earth felt its first tremor

Have you perished in this deep rancour and bitterness?

Death? No, no, I’m still alive
Please, give me a light, give me a light.


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