Ray McMahon got cut in half

By inch thick braided steel

Used to pull boxcars up the track

The cable frayed and snapped

The longer length sliced Ray

in no time flat although he

didn’t die right away but

he couldn’t speak and

neither could we.


A black guy in furnace C was

Crushed by a thick steel plate

Dropped by a crane operator drunk

The plate fell lazily soundlessly

Through hazy steel plant space

And the black guy never knew

What was coming or what killed him


The church was made of sandstone

with a red tile Italian roof and

the cornerstone date was 1926

saying For God and Country and we

hear the central message every Sunday

there is a great plan and

we all have our place in it and

we are not alone.