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Todays selection is the Funeral by Ruth Baigon. The funeral is speaking of bearing the bodies from the girls at the factory who were burnt up in the Triangles Shirtwaist Factory Fire. It was pay day. the doors had been bolted shut so the women couldn't leave the factory in New York city when the fire broke out. This fire was terrible. These poor girls where jumping to their death rather than be burnt alive by the factory. They had asked nicely to be allowed unlocked doors. This was the catalyst for american labor rights. Oh Walmart, why? We will rise up!
THE FUNERAL
By Ruth Daigon


... .it was one long-
drawn, heart-piercing
cry, the mingling of
thousands of voices...
a cry that was perhaps the
most impressive ex-
pression of human grief
ever heard in the city.
New York Times
March 26, 1911
A suggestion of smoke hangs in the air
Fog shrouds the buildings
and thousands stand in streets
their open umbrellas an unbroken border of black
Uptown and downtown moves towards each other
in a solid gathering of labor
in the drenching rain, they
churn up the past
An empty hearse leads the mourning procession
down Fifth Avenue
No carriages
No marshalls
No police
Only a mass of men and women
carrying the banners of their trade
in a storm of silence


Excerpted from Payday at the Triangle. See our Behind The Scenes article this issue with Ruth!!! Payday at the Triangle by Ruth Daigon, ISBN:1-891298-10-0, Small Poetry Press, Select Poets Series.
Great Poem!! 31.Aug.2004 10:22

Ketan from Portland ketan1223@hotmail.com

Your poem really touched me and gave me some positive vibes. Keep on writing. I want to write some radical poetry of my own someday. If you have any tips please email me at  ketan1223@hotmail.com