EIGHT HUNDRED YARDS DOWN A DEEP COAL MINE

a poem by Edwin Keith Jepson, UK - poetry writer, author, poet

Eight hundred yards down a deep coal mine,
The cage did travel at speed,
Another start of a miners day,
He has a family to feed,
Ten yards of coal,
Four feet wide,
Under a roof only three feet high,
The miner shovels,
Tons of coal,onto a conveyor belt,
That travels quickly by,
Every yard he timbers up the roof,
With steel bars,and several pit props,
He makes very,very sure,
That they are secure,
So nothing above him,weakens and drops,
After completing his stint,
He crawls up the coal face,
And into the Loader Gate
After stretching to his full height,
He then returns back up the pit,
And walks very proudly,
In the broad daylight,


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