Sunday, 5 December 2010

Pike River coal Mine Tribute

This poem was sent to me and written about the 29 coal miners who died on  Friday 19th November 2010 at the Pike River Coal Mine.
This poem is very poignant I think and I wanted to share it with my blogger friends world wide.




THE MEN OF PIKE







They came from near and far away



The men of Pike to work that day



The afternoon shift way down deep



Beneath the mountains oh so steep



A long way in but further out



The afternoon shift sets about



A job not flash but hard and trying



A job that holds the risk of dying







From seventeen to sixty two



They start their shift to see it through



For one his first, for all their last



How could they know there’d be a blast?



For all at once no siren whining



Suddenly the worst in mining



Dust and rubble fill the air



A loader driver thrown clear



Just one other finds the light



The rest are hidden from our sight







And so we learn as news is spread



The news that mining families dread



It’s up at Pike there’s an explosion



Faces drop and hearts are frozen



Who, how many, where and why ----



Will they make it ---- will they die







Fathers, husbands, brothers, sons



Coasters, Kiwis, Aussies, Poms



Mates and friends who we are seeking



Methane gas from coal seams leaking



Vents exploded, phones unheeded



Level heads and strength are needed



The world above unites as one



To bring the missing to the sun







Rescue teams are standing by



As holes are drilled and experts try



To find a way that’s safe and sound



To rescue those beneath the ground



Could robots work where men are mortal



To pierce the dangers of that portal



But alas all effort fails



The darkness of the mine prevails







A second blast of rock and thunder



Hope and prayers are rent asunder



A nation weeps and Coasters mourn



Pike falls silent, dark, forlorn



A hole remains within the ground



Devoid of joy, of life, of sound







Another hole within the heart



Of those forever set apart



From those they loved who went to toil



Digging coal beneath the soil



Those who gave their lives that day



To work a shift for honest pay



They wait at rest within their mine



The men of Pike, the Twenty Nine



ery poignant I think and I wanted to share with my blogger friends world wide.

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