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Parc Slip Remembered

2019-03-10
By: arthur.cole
Posted in: POETRY and CRIME THRILLERS

At 8.20am an explosion occurred at the Parc Slip Colliery, Aberkenfig, near Tondu. One hundred and twelve men and young boys lost their lives, may they all R.I.P.

 

PARC SLIP REMEMBERED

One hundred and twelve, at peace in heaven,

in their day the heartbeat of Cefn.

Parc Slip the mine where they all worked,

way down below, their destiny lurked.                                                      

                                                           

Men and boys taken that day,

firedamp and flame, the usual way.

Generations lost, without any say,

deadly fire and gas, took all air away.

 

Two miners were rescued, after the blast,

no hope for the rest, the future now past.

Hampered by falls, the rescue continued,

the following day, hope came to the village.

 

Voices were heard, deep in the mine,

a miracle, rescued, at least thirty-nine.

Some solace for those that were weeping,

heart break for those, loved ones sleeping.

 

Still to this day, Cefn mourns the begotten,

those lost souls, never forgotten.

Descendents reflect, heartache and sorrow,

their relatives felt on that sad 'morrow.

 

Parc Slip is now a nature reserve,

a memorial, those heroes deserved,

Birdsong is heard each single day,

lost souls at last finding their way.

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