Inferno

 

Les Baux, rocky outcrop,

skyline castle, Celtic stronghold

 

above Provencal mining nightmare,

jagged inspiration for Dante.

 

Bleak peaks defying gravity.

Nine layers of tailings,

 

weeds scattered amid stone.

Nine lives of hell too

 

centuries before suspicion

free markets may not be

 

much good at all for those

who don't own goods,

 

aren't  free -- divine howl,

a blackened tragedy.

                              Timothy Pilgrim