Chris Nielsen Photography - Abandoned Cotton GinThe Abandoned Cotton Gin

Workers’ voices carry
black and white newsreel plays
machinery echoes
apparitions of
booming days gone by
when the gin
flowed cotton
in one end
out the other
ginned, compressed, sampled
wrapped and baled
ready for the mill

Flash forward
present day
fences unmended
folks abandoned upended
come and go
seeking shelter
empty buildings
forlorn desolation
abundant graffiti
metal arced skeleton
corrugated shell
other voices yell
then trail off
in dusty winds

– ©Chris Nielsen 2018
– image – Abandoned Cotton Gin
©Chris Nielsen 2017