Where is my home?
II Bruce Davidson: South Wales 1965
(Born in the United States of America)
A sphere before evening from the region
where nobody strolls, the dour boy will go to,
encompassed by plume, soot, and adverse dust
spelt with coal, heat, and carbon dioxide.
He, wearing glasses, carries his teddy bear
and baby doll as dead bodies to be
ensconced into a concealed store, they were
quite tame denizens of his colony
away from where weary colliers dig the earth.
The captured view is within a stone’s throw
from us; easy to see coke dump, oak death,
and asthma due to coal-dirty air with flow
of noise. The sphere, a sort of Arcadia
he’s dreamt of and sought on his own at Rhondda.
*** Rhondda — Previous coal mining place in Wales