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The miner carves out a niche:


Each scrape of the shovel
every dug out notch
or carved tunnel

feeds the ache
that is carried in hands
permanently blackened and a heart

lost in the timelessness of day
to day searches
and demands

never able to be met.
Like the puppet that walked,
it amazes everyone

he rises each day, dresses
in the same worn clothes,
finds his boots beneath the bed

and sets forth to work in the mines
where he excavates through the hours.
His mind

remembers time
sunlight and blue skies
sunbathing, wife in red bathers

running towards the waves,
her white thighs
yet to show the purple veins

hated as much as those he picks
every day.
At night they sat together -

he whittled,
they spoke of children
and as the distant waves

crashed upon the shore,
in darkness, with hope,
they fucked themselves

into a future
they both wished for
and feared.


Also...a spade digs, a shovel only scoops...if you, the voice, were actually labouring. I would delete secretly and distantly and post away for some prize. It has depth, mmm.
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I had not thought about the mechanics of the actual digging LoL
I didn't use to...until my terrible experience of beasting by the navvies.

Also a 'Bulldog' is the best spade, as used in the trenches of WW1. Okay, extraneous to the major-major poem ^^^. :)
thanks all, in my head a miner would never use a spade unless they were at home working in the garden. And shovel works with tunnel in a way I really like.
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Okay, if you see it that way. I would never quibble about this - until I met people who do...but a shovel cannot cut the face, but it can scoop the coal.

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