Del a.k.a. Abe Jones

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Crandall Canyon Cave-In - Poem by Del a.k.a. Abe Jones

It's too bad we have more heroes
Who gave their lives in selfless ways
Trying to save the lives of others
After toiling many nights and days.

The mountain “bumped” with warnings
But those Miners, paid no heed
Although they must have been fearful
They just continued to proceed.

It's a very dangerous job at best
For those who work beneath the ground
With toxic fumes and bad machinery
And Earth's dreaded rumbling sound.

But, for those who go as saviors
After the roof falls to the floor
There's not enough can be said about
These who risk limb and life and more.

Their loved ones can take some solace
Although it will never ease the pain
Just knowing these men gave their all
Heroes, one and all, that's plain.

One Lady wrote words upon a note
Said, most all people in her family
From past and present, all were miners
For most there, that's how it seems to be.

Most mining towns are just like that
The mine is like it's heart and soul
And there's always the feared knowledge
That Mother Nature takes Her toll.

And sadly, this won't be the last time
Folks will be lost while trying to save
Their Brethren who are trapped below
Down in some dark, man made cave.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 12, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011

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