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CATASTROPHE AS DULUTH SCHOLASTICA CRASHES, by            
First Line: A symphony of calm quiescence - life
Last Line: A buddy seen beneath the mask of death.


A symphony of calm quiescence -- life,
Till a discordant crash, that mingles fear
With harsh reality; the sky, once clear,
Is red with mangled bodies, civil strife;
The agonizing groans of brutes who try
To grit their teeth and suffocate, but pain
Has made them weep, those men who strain
To let their fellow workers know they lie
Beneath debris, all gory, crushed, inert;
A mournful dirge beats on reluctant ears
As shovels strike on flesh. Some grimy tears
Are wiped away on cuffs as men desert
Their posts to turn their backs and catch a breath, --
A buddy seen beneath the mask of death.





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