Thursday 29 November 2018


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...


  1. I am claustrophobic so I would never go where miners fear to tread...with good reason. My uncle was a coal miner in Kentucky. He died to young from b!ack lung disease.
    I love to read your writings my dear friend. You are very talented 💮

    Big Hugs and Lots of Love 🎄

  2. I know how you feel, I found it difficult to descend that ladder...and once down there, felt very claustrophobic!
    Oh I am so sorry to hear about your poor Uncle! And I truly apologize for reviving sad memories for you, dearest Jan.😞
    I know how awful it was for those poor men who had to work in the mines, and I imagine it was just as dangerous for the miners here, around 2,500 years ago.

    Thank you so much!😊😊

    All my love and hugs xxx

  3. I enjoyed your words and the two pictures.
    I so admire miners, the work they did and the work they still do.

    All the best Jan

    1. Yes, they have my admiration too. And I imagine it would have been an even more dangerous occupation back in those days when this mine was being worked.
      Many thanks, Jan! :))

      A Hug.

  4. I really admired them Ygraine but I can't Im claustrophobic !
    Send you loads of love !

    1. It did feel quite "shut in" down there, Gloria!
      I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to actually work down there...would be terrified of the whole lot above me falling in.
      Thank you so much!

      Sending Lots of Love & Hugs back!! :))

  5. Wonderful. Have been in similar mined out old mines and felt the same..

    1. Thank you, Anthony.
      Yes, quite a powerful atmosphere, isn't it?!

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    1. Many thanks, Tanza!
      Wishing You a Great Weekend.:))

  7. Dear Ygraine MY GOOD FRIED, I don't know how much longer I'll be living in this body I'm in, but it doesn't matter, I WILL PREVAIL!

    1. Oh I hope it will be a long time, my Friend...and yes, your essence will exist forever, I honestly believe that!
      Please do take care of yourself.
      You are always in my thoughts...:))

  8. My heart is beating fast, just looking at those pictures! For all the people that do this job, I really don't know how they do. There has been so many accidents too and like Jan has said, I have heard of black lung disease too. So sad. Thank you to all the people that continue to do this kind of job! Thank you for the great write my friend! Sending you love and hugs!

    1. I totally agree, Sweetie...miners have always had my greatest admiration - including the ones who mined here, thousands of years ago!
      Thank you so much...:))

      Sending Much Love & Hugs back!! xxx

  9. Wow! So few words, such a large impact. Also, a fitting metaphor... xo

    1. Oh thank you, much!
      Really happy you enjoyed...😊😊 xxx

  10. Magnificent poetry dear Ygraine!

    whenever i hear in news something bad about people who worked their and lost their lives my heart bursts out with unbearable pain!!!

    you reveald this experience so sublimely

  11. Dearest most heartfelt thanks!
    Yes, so sad for those people who lost their lives in the mines...

    Much love and hugs xxx

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