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  The Kentucky Coal Mines
 
  Way down deep inside the Kentucky coal mines,
  A lot of brave men is what you’ll find
  Who risk their lives by night and day,
  For lots of hard work and very little pay

  They risk their lives day in and day out,
  For it’s their families they worry about
  They worry about clothes and shoes for their feet,
  They worry about bills and food to eat.

  They don’t get enough pay for what they must do,
  Some call them crazy others call them fools
  If you ask them why, here’s what they will say,
  There’s no better job with any better pay.

  It’s dark in there so you miners beware,
  Watch out for each other and miners take care
  Keep your light shining; keep it at all times
  So your way back out you’ll be able to find.

  Let’s all say a prayer as they enter in,
  God let them come out and see daylight again
  God please watch over these brave Kentucky men

  © Brenda Grahm
  All Rights Reserved
Poetry  Menu 1   2   3  4  5   6   7   8   9   10   11  12   13       A Short Story
A Poem By Brenda Grahm
Her husband worked in the coal mines. In 1980 a rock fell from the top of the mines and crushed her husbands back. The tragic accident inspired her to write this poem.

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“Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.” ~John L. Lewisklick here to add text.