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this here is sacred ground 
this here left open 

an empty mine shaft 
                       explosives intact 

                       like wool  
                                  that stays standing in the shape
                of the animal it grew on 

                                                                made / born 
                                                                           then shorn  

                       for some use beyond  
                                      ductile like gold 

                                                                      strong when torn 
                                                               pulled apart & formed  
                                                               & passed through  

the world evolved whole 
                                  then slowly 
                      a cue 

                                                              flying over a gravel road at night 
                      into an atmosphere of dust 


The science inspiring the piece:

Bats of Western Abandoned Mines via Bat Conservation International

Listen to Jeanette read the poem: