Joseph T. Renaldi

Veteran Poet - 1,154 Points (Frackville, Pennsylvania)

A Miner's Tears - Poem by Joseph T. Renaldi

My chair is rocking back and forth,
Gazing at the scarred mountain slope.
Behold - an inactive mine and coal breaker
And a mound of refuse with little hope.
A coal-stripping pit filled with water,
Idle railroad tracks and polluted streams,
Remnants of a productive era of the past.
A time that is linked to repeated dreams,
Challenging the passageways below the earth,
Mindful of a family tradition to fulfill,
That created an excitement during my youth,
Strolling the path to the mine on the hill.
Now reminiscing - these later years,
Retired and that I older grow,
I seek my rocking chair and dream
Of the rugged coal miners of long ago.
There is something sort of special about
A coal mine that my memory supplies,
But the more I rock it seems the more
The tears get in my eyes.

Comments about A Miner's Tears by Joseph T. Renaldi

  • Linda Ori (4/2/2006 12:47:00 PM)

    Living in a coal mining community here in Utah, I can identify with this poem. I always thought, however, of the danger and back-breaking physical aspect of the job. Never thought that you would actually enjoy it. Thanks for the different perspective from a miner's point of view.
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  • Ernestine Northover (9/22/2005 3:25:00 PM)

    This is another moving poem Joseph. A lovely picture drawn with words. Sincerely Ernestine Northover (Report) Reply

  • (12/18/2004 1:34:00 AM)

    Well-executed and touching verse. (Report) Reply

  • (12/17/2004 11:39:00 AM)

    What a wonderfull poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 17, 2004

Poem Edited: Friday, August 19, 2005

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