MPDisplay Poem: Coal Miners Plight

Coal miners Plight
When I was young, I knew this man

Quiet as he was, in most of his ways

He dreamed!

Though trapped in a land of coal fields

And hard times

He refused to give into the pain

Of  his reality!

He just dreamed anyway, often seeing

Himself far away from deep mines

And stripped hills

In places more beautiful; under circumstances 


Sometimes, it seemed to me

Wishing on a star aged the man early in life

Beyond years granted, as did working

In the lowest seams of coal 


Though the lines upon his face and hands

And the sparkle within his eyes, and smile

His story could be told 

If study was taken

One of misfortune mingled with hope of future

For if he could not overcome his plight in life

Then his dream, was someday in time

His children would!

And in that time, his loss in life would be his gain

In Heaven!

© by: Floyd Jett
In honor of my Dad
The Breathitt Advocate
Published :08-27-09 
Trials and Tribulations Column
© all rights reserved by Author 

Rest in peace Dad

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