cotton row

mill

longhours
childlabor

black and white spools
black and white

minds

shoveled the cotton manure
decomposed in the presence

of its oxygen

divorced children from their
families

thread wheels cogs oil sweat
neglected residue

ceiling crack lead paint chips
tasted
inhaled

fogged over windows
no daylight,

sun with arthritic hands couldn’t lift

row aisle slept in their shoes,
tattered clothing,

placed bitsandpieces of 
cotton on to mend

fingers caught unsplinted
pain tearsshed

drained through crackedconcrete 
floor

dripped on children below
they wiped it

on torn pants

row aisle exited with rusted lunch pails,
their shadows 

stayed behind, motioning them to 
hurry back…

then, closed because of laws,
footprints 

remained,

scratched with nails to be
removed,

scavengers absconded
with,

parental satisfaction.

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