The echoes of long dead miners fill these chambers:
hollow, clanking sounds
coupled with an eerie distant murmuring.
The tunnels run for miles below ground,
like the digestive system of some giant beast
meandering down into the bowels of the earth
where, if you touch the walls,
you can feel the core's heat.
But none of this is in the guide book
you've been reading since descending the ladder.
Suddenly claustrophobic, you could swear you glimpse
shadows drifting through the silent gloom...