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