Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week were: compact, jubilant, and neglected.
Corrupting a Miner
Deathbed confessions of Mr Faust, Industrialist.
“There’s something I neglected to tell you;
It’s a trifling little thing,
But you probably need to know of it,
Before the death bells ring.
I made a compact with the Devil
And traded off my soul,
And in return he gave to me
Vast reserves of coal.
I dug it up and shipped it out
As is an owner’s right.
The shareholders were all jubilant
And danced into the night.
There were those who whinged about the smoke
And the supposed nasty fumes,
But they, like me, could have moved away
To a house of twenty rooms.
But now I’ve reach my twilight time
I feel a slight remorse:
If I’d dug it up twice as fast,
I’d die twice as rich, of course.
There’s a consequence of my actions,
Which gave the Devil mirth,
Having sold my soul for eternity,
I’ve bequeathed you Hell on Earth.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2014