Each Miner put his coat there,
When he came up,
From the depths.
We took pride in our delvers
Coming back unharmed,
More than most,
When a miner doesn’t come home,
His peg stands empty
Just in Case.
The Mountain that sustains us
Takes her toll,
She can be hard and she can be cruel,
But she feeds us.
When a miner does not come home,
His Peg hangs empty,
Just in case.
The Mountain gives her
Dusty and wild,
We know the earth rarely gives back,
We take enough.
Once, she gave us back our son,
Now, in case we forget them,
We keep the pegs
For missing men.
So when they come home,
We can welcome them.
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