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Below is the poem entitled A MINER'S PRAYER which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Down in the bowels of Cape Breton Isle
generations of men silently file,
Far from the sun and deep under the sea,
Lord, keep this darkness from shadowing me.

Father mined coal like his did before,
His ghost holds vigils on the tattered shore,
I was but a lad when death set him free,
Lord, keep this darkness from shadowing me.

Black dust stings the eyes then fills my chest,
And this heavy pick won’t let the mind rest,
My helmet lamp barely gives light to see,
Lord, keep this darkness from shadowing me.

These tunnels blind us from all save regret,
What hides in catacombs none can forget,
Dreams unfilled, gas that feet can not flee,
Lord, keep this darkness from shadowing me.
Last month an explosion claimed forty lives,
Disciples were made of their grieving wives,
Leave no man behind, a miner’s decree, 
Lord, keep this darkness from shadowing me.

The air is so thick that I can taste night,
It takes just one spark for walls to ignite,
This morning my son joined the company...
Lord, keep this darkness from shadowing me.

He’s a good boy, but I don’t want him here,
He follows my fate, a parent’s worse fear,
Lord, please watch over my large family
and keep this darkness from shadowing me.

to take a tour of a Cape Breton coal mine, to see how dark and dismal the life of a miner is please visit
Dedicated to my father-in-law, a miner who was electrocuted and survived.

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  1. Date: 7/26/2012 5:53:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Debbie's "Dungeon"contest Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 2:42:00 PM
    I can feel the sadness and the humbleness of "the miners prayer". Congrats on your well deserved win! :) Tanya

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 12:40:00 PM
    You made me feel the heart of a miner, and explore the difficult life of danger and Debbie says...I too am a fan of your gifted poetry. Always excellent!

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 3:01:00 AM
    Cyndi congrats on your win, love it..David

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 7:46:00 PM
    You are too good, Cyndi...a well deserved win!

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 7:14:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win with this gripping write, grabbed me right from the beginning and held me fast...then I read it twice more to let it all sink in...thanks for this poem - Tim

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 4:14:00 PM
    Excellent work Cyndi, congrats on your 1st place win hugs vie

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 12:35:00 PM
    This is Awesome and nice,Cyndi..I admired your dexterity using this form of poetry.Well written...And congratulations on your well deserved win....SUPERB AND SPLENDID!...

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 10:00:00 AM
    I have read of this life of misery and how their lives are often cut short. VERY nicely done. Congratulations, sweetie. (kyrielle works so nicely in this kind of poem)

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 9:14:00 AM
    Wonderful poem and story you have told. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 7:25:00 AM
    congrats Cyndi on a brilliant write and win. choosing this story to tell for this dark dungeon u wrote a grand piece luv.. congrats and kudos..

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 2:27:00 AM
    congrats on your fine win.......I really enjoyed this poignant poem...I know C B I........ how could I not, with Sydney, North Sydney and Sydney Mines all close at hand ! Always loved the folk songs that came out of CB I as well as N S in wishes

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 9:17:00 PM
    Congrats on your first place win, Cyndi! You touched me with this prayer. My ggrandfather lost his life in a coal mine in West Virginia, 1956. My mother was only three years old. My grandfather and his brothers all escaped the mines by going into the military, all five of them joined. To my faves this one goes and I'm sharing it with my family. Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 6:34:00 AM
    Well Dee you done ..did it! Look at that ..shows what a strong positive image you have of you, you took what I said and ran with it and now you have 2 excellent poems!! I do think this form wrings the heart more? I hope you like the result, I sure do! [a fan] Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 5:36:00 PM
    Very moving work! Brilliant images of a terrible fate... I enjoyed the read... Terry