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Got The T-Shirt: Littleton Colliery Epitaph

Steph Spiers published this poem, which mourns the "death'' of a coal mine, in 1997.

To read more of Steph's fine poems please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/got_the_tshirt/

Arm in arm, we grieved today.
Iím glad my brothers are gone,
Never seeing such destruction.
Our shaft winding wheels are none,
Our brave menfolk all departed
No dirty faces blinking at the sun.

Iím glad my dad is dead.
Iím glad he never lived to see this day.
The whole of his lifeís work gutted.
Theyíve taken his soul away.
The Littleton Pit has gone,
Flattened back to clay.

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