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Beaconsfield Gold Mine
by Sherry Gail Heim
Monday, May 08, 2006
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Miner Brant Webb waves from the back of an ambulance after being rescued from the Beaconsfield Gold Mine on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 in Beaconsfield, Australia. Two Australian miners who survived for two weeks in a kennel-size cage trapped nearly a kilometer (3,000 feet) underground walked out of the Beaconsfield Gold Mine early Tuesday and punched the air, freed by rescue crews drilling round-the-clock by hand.

The life of Miner Larry Knight was claimed by the Beaconsfield Gold Mine. Please say a prayer for his family and give thanks for the two miners who were returned safely.

Beaconsfield Gold Mine


Two Aussie miners were spared today

From a dark and grizzly death

Trapped within the tombs of hell

Inhaling Satan’s breath


Two long weeks within the earth

Swallowed by dirt and rocks

The quaking ground had jarred the mine

With a rumble exits blocked


Moved by the prayers of all atop

They kept their spirits high

Knowing those who drilled by hand

Would not leave them there to die


Fellow miners kept constant watch

And never accepted defeat

Knowing but for the grace of God

They’d be the ones down three thousand feet


With joyful yells and fists waved high

Two lamps glowed from the mouth of the mine

They tasted the sun and inhaled in the air

And kissed freedom for the very first time


Sherry Gail Heim

May 8, 2006

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2006

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Reviewed by Michelle Mills 5/26/2006
It was a gift from God that they survived. What a blessing for the world to see after the tragedies that have taken place here in U.S. mines. How did I miss this poem I wonder? It's really a great piece Sherry. Your rhymes are terrific. Michelle
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 5/22/2006
A good commeoration of the rescue. I agree with Mark about the syntax and meter. Good going, Sherry. :-) ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/22/2006
Oh Sherry, I just got a lump in my throat from reading this, It is so perfect and deeply moving. Beautifully written, such a powerful and outstanding poem.

Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 5/22/2006
I love the syntax and meter of this piece, every word chosen perfectly. A prayer for the safety of this man is indeed important, as is well-wishes and prayers for all who experience tough and traumatic times. It is always amazing to me how the mainstream media these days is so adept at pulling up local tales in all these diverse places and presenting them in such a way as to engage the attention of us all, even when there are so many other things going on in the world...a wonderful, heart-felt work, Sherry. Thank you for sharing!
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 5/17/2006
Thanks for your concern. The human spirit is great, keep up the good work, sherry. Blessings to you and yours.

Reviewed by Debashish Haar 5/14/2006
This shows a struggle and triumph of hamanity over adverse conditions. Thanks for sharing this topical poem, Sherry.

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/14/2006
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 5/13/2006
Great pen Sherry. Lots of thought and depth.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/12/2006
Yes, Sherry! Most uplifting and filled with good "stuff." Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Lori Moore 5/11/2006
Awesome write, Sherry.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/11/2006
Sherry a wonderful write
God bless them both

Love & Peace
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/10/2006
Sherry this is a splendid poem on the topic! I saw them on tv. your poem should be read by them.send it to their local newspaper.
Reviewed by jude forese 5/10/2006
you've captured the spirit of miners who come to the aid of their brothers as they are enduring the horror and fear of being buried in the depths of the earth ... you also bring out the exhileration of the miners who have been freed by the determination and skill of they fellow rescuers ... a very moving and well thought out poem uncovering the spirit of man to help each other in times of extreme duress ...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/9/2006
Deep touching poem Sherry!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Peter Paton 5/9/2006
Everything is by the Grace of God
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 5/9/2006
A deeply touching write in honor of those brave men and their families.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 5/9/2006
I cannot say more than Kate has. I just It's just a miracle that two miners did survive by the grace of God. I will definitely put Larry Knight's family in my prayers, and pray for eternal salvation for his soul too. It does take very, very special people to tunnel in the earth so far down as Kate has said. I pray that no more miners will die in mine accidents. Thanx sis.

May the Lord Jesus bless all of the people who work in dangerous jobs, so that we may be safe, and provided for. May the Lord Jesus bless the family of Larry Knight who was taken too early from his loving family and friends. And may you keep him safe in your Father's house for all eternity, for he was a good man, taken way to early from his family and friends. Dear Lord Jesus keep all those who work to provide us with our needs, our safety, and even our wants, from all harm. And if they should be harmed, let them not die before they have had a real chance to live. May the Lord Jesus also bless you dear Sherry for sharing this plight with us, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & (((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I have the right to be."
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 5/9/2006
Wish I could look as fit and well on waking up in me own comfortable bed and after a decent night's sleep, let alone after having survived two weeks of utter horror, torment and deprivation as Brant has! A testimony to miracles in itself! Thank God... and, as Susie and others have so rightly expressed, thank YOU, Sherry, for giving us cause to pause and both rejoice and weep at the joys and woes this heartwrenching story of frail yet victorious humanity depicts. I would happily jump out of an airplane miles high, but take me six feet into a dungeon and I'm a gonner. Never before has Gold been thought of as so costly in my estimation... and I am thankful for ALL who risk their lives to do the necessary tunnelling underground - whether for riches or for water. They are very, very special people - as the picture above amply suggests. God bless them - and those who mourn the very sad loss of Larry. My heart goes out to all others who grieve a similar sadness first hand. Well done, Sherry - the lines "Trapped within the tombs of hell Inhaling Satan's breath" says it all for me. Bless you, TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/9/2006
Wonderful to hear the good news this morning and read this moving tribute to man's courage under severe duress. Well done, Sherry.
Reviewed by F William Broome 5/9/2006
Timely and excellent poetic salute to mankind caring for its kind. Our thanks for putting into words what is indescribable in its horror and buckets of grief. Great job, Friend!
- Bill
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/9/2006
Excellant tribute to the spirit and strength of human nature and the will to survive and yes as George said the power of prayer as well. You captured both the agony and the joy of this event and the sadness of the one who didn't make it out. Well done Sherry..
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/8/2006
Truly a miracle they survived that long. The power of united prayer to God has been answered. Larry's loved ones now need are prayers.
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 5/8/2006
Dear Sherry,
Thank you for taking the time and sharing your heart with the events of the Tassie miners! Australians are relieved! And, thank you dearly for your compassion for the miner, family and friends who lost their loved one, Larry Knight. People are informed ~ because of your tribute!
Thank you Sherry.
Love & Gratitude
Suzie :-D
Reviewed by Martin Hebert 5/8/2006
~~Sherry~~very cool poem~~

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