Thursday, April 8, 2010
A Tribute To The West Virginia Miners
I grew up in a logging town, and I feel a deep empathy for the folks who work at dangerous jobs. I remember my father being seriously injured at work. He had been hit on the head with a heavy chain, and we were told he would not live through the night. To everyone's amazement, he woke up the next morning and asked for some toast and coffee. My mother was so relieved, all she could say was, "Well, maybe this has finally knocked some sense into you..." But joking aside, it had been a very long night for all of us. The people we love should never have to die, by simply going out to earn their daily bread for their families.
According to Forbes Magazine, the ten most dangerous job are:
4. Iron/Steel Worker
5. Garbage Collector
8. Electrical Power Installer/Repairer
9. Sales, Delivery, and Other Truck Driver
10. Taxi Driver/Chauffeur
I'm astonished that taxi driver is on the list, and miner is not. My admiration goes out to these men, and to the men who also put their lives at risk by attempting to rescue and recover these folks. God speed...
Fearless, tough and friendly men.
Their comradeship renowned.
Right through that black iniquitous den,
Their laughter did resound.
Now mine itself entombed like they
No more will maim or kill.
The earth it's shroud, like them it lay
So silent, cold and still.
The valley such a finer place.
Returned to former scene.
If they but look with reverted face
Would gaze on pastures green.
... Aneurin Owen