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Cost of Coal

Frank E Gibbard

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Frank E Gibbard

Beneath our daylight miners plying their labour,

Risk of death and disaster is a near neighbour

Uptop-living folk would never certainly entertain,

Preferring safely in the benificent air to remain.

In small dark corridors brave men pay a big toll

Hard as deep as black as low-lying elusive coal;

Safe close at home, never restive, women wait,

Eyes dart often at slow moving clocks if it's late.

A stir or two of hubby's stew is all there is to do,

Fred'll fall indoors half-dead this she surely knew.

But bad days like good days, will turn up as days may,

Fred said: "on me way luv" that day to his missus Fay;

Off he went to ever present danger down into the pit,

Fay never knew it was a special day but fate decided it.

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  • 5 weeks later...

Poets are often the bearers of truths, Frank. So many things have hidden "costs." Well done shining a miner's light on a commodity sometimes taken for granted.



Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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Frank E Gibbard

Thanks Tony for the response, my you've been busy on your welcome return. FRANK

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