Cold Hearted


Imagine working conditions
So steeped in danger
That the Earth
Could literally cave in
While you’re doing your job

Miners bore into the ground
Looking for whatever
Trusting that the company
Is protecting them
And gravity will spare their shift.

For what,
A salary, $800.00 per week,
The risk of lung diseases,
Mangled limbs,
Maybe a handshake from the owners.

The press says the industry is dying
Faced with challenges
Companies cannot face financially
Yet the men are still sent down there
Risking their lives for so very little.



Photo Credit: Russell Lee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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