Was It Worth It

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Poems about Miners

Was It Worth It

Colliery Painting

Was it worth it all those years ago
My answer friends is definitely “No”.

Seeing your men going down that dark hole
Clawing at the earth for black coal.

Their bodies marked and heavily scarred
Tired and grumpy from working so hard.

But ask those old men, miners of old
They’d answer yes, they enjoyed digging for black gold.

“We knew no different” they would say
“It was our job, working hard for little pay”

The valley now is void of mines
Gone are the turning wheels, big holes and dram lines.

The land is now picturesque and green
No sign of coal or collieries are to be seen

Yvonne Smith Australia 2002

Painting Source: Australia industrial historical painting

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Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland

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