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A Lesson To Learn.

Updated on August 2, 2014
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Day was hardly waking

slithers of light

pierced through

the dark black canvas.

Father and son

awakening to another

hard working day

with the son

only a few days

away from his

twelfth

birthday.

They pick up

two red neckerchiefs

inside which was their

meagre lunch

which consisted

of bread and cheese!!.

Mother’s silent prayer

she partakes

every single day.

“Oh please dear God

make sure you

look after my man

and my poor young son .”

She watched them

walk further

until now out of sight

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They both

ventured

carrying on

with their journey

into the

mine below!!

Candles lit the way

an essential

but not

very helpful

aid !!

In this pitch black

canvas of their daily

employment!!

The

Pick!! Pick!!!

Pick!! Pick!!

was soon to be heard.

Great heavy tools

almost bigger

and

heavier

than the boys

who used them.

Their young puny bodies

strengthening

each muscle

taut and stretched

to their limit.

Picking away

at the shiny

damp surface

of each wall!!

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Coals from all

shapes and sizes

were then loaded

into carts

which would then

be

pulled

by the Pit Ponies

whose eyes

were now as

accustomed

to the dim light

as they ever

would be.

Not an age

for sentimentality

or emotional

outbursts.

An age of

‘Put up

or

shut up’.

That age old

‘Stiff upper lip era’

The gentry

would benefit

freely

and

selfishly

from the poor

miners at work!!

Their grates

almost overflowing

with gleaming black

coal

around which

flames

proudly play

and warm each limb!!!!

While for the

hard working

miners

and their

families,

To live on

they were given

a meagre amount

mainly coal dust;

hardly enough to warm

their frozen

and so

tired bodies.

Hardly a warmth

as they bathed

from those old tin baths

in front of the meagre

flames that came

from a fire

consisting of coal

and

wet coal dust!!:

Every minute of every day the

‘Pick !!!Pick!!!

‘Pick! Pick !!

Pick! Pick !!

could be heard.


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Toby awoke

and

stretched each limb

which

so strangely

were aching!!!

Those

echoing sounds

still in his ears!!

Pick! Pick!!

Pick Pick!!

He then slowly

forced himself

to get up from

his warm

and

cosy bed!!

How vivid

was

the dream!!

He still

remembered

his dream!!

A dream so real

a dream so sad !!

How very surreal

his aching limbs!!

These were as

prominent

and painful

as

they had been

in that

very strange dream!

He then felt his

inner being

tell him;

“Listen ,

remember

and

feel

that pain

which seeps

into your being and

you will learn!"

The voice carries on

in

hushed tones:


“I hope you

have learnt

Toby

my son, that

you have

nothing to moan

or

groan about!!"

“No reason to

treat your mother

as you do!”

Very guilty was Toby’s look as he replied;

“I have learnt my lesson

you need not worry!”

He pushed his

aching feet

into his

comfy warm

slippers

and took a look

around his

cosy bedroom

So warm and so bright!!

Toby instinctively knew

what his first

and most important task

was .

Without

a single doubt

it

was to apologise

to his Mam

for

shouting

and

screaming

because she did not

have enough money

to buy him

the

latest football kit!!

And this was

not the only

time he had been so rude to her either!!

His limbs still ached

and he instinctively knew

that they would

only disappear

when he

could show

that he

was no longer

the spoilt brat

that he had

today

become!!

“So sorry Mam!!!”

"What can I do to help today?"


© 2014 Eiddwen

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    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Graham ;glad you enjoyed and also so glad to be back amongst you all once again. lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Graham Lee 

      3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Eddy. A true story in the dream and a message so real in the reading. Excellent work as usual. Glad to see you back! That new house and shoreline is keeping you very busy I know. Keep smilin'

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 

      3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Eddy. A true story in the dream and a message so real in the reading. Excellent work as usual. Glad to see you back! That new house and shoreline is keeping you very busy I know. Keep smilin'

      Graham.

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      Eiddwen 

      3 years ago from Wales

      So glad you enjoyed this story rasta1 and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Marvin Parke 

      3 years ago from Jamaica

      The poetic piece took a lovely twist which highlighted the moral of the story.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Mary and so glad you enjoyed this one.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      What a glorious way to bring the past into reality and to remind us that we have much to be thankful for. We often forget the pains and struggles of our past and this was a great reminder, especially for Toby.

      Voted all but funny.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Jamie. Lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      3 years ago from Reno NV

      A story well told. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you one and all for all these wonderful comments. Each one so greatly appreciated.

      Eddy.

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      Romeos Quill 

      3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A good read Eddy and quite a coincidence as had just written a cheeky little verse on F/Book about coal miners and chimney sweeps, although the levity is frivolous compared to your article of gravitas, in order to entertain.

      I trust that you are well in scenic Wales and just dropping by hoping all is well as you've been away for a while.

      Take Care;

      R.Q.

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      Janis 

      3 years ago from California

      Your descriptions were so vivid, I felt I was there and it never even occurred to me that it was a dream.

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      Cecile Portilla 

      3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      This poem tells a great story. Liked the pictures. Voted up!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      A nice poem which each and every kid of this generation should read. Good share.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Useful lesson learned! What a great way to learn it as well--wishing you well Eddy!

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very beautiful!

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      Scarface1300 

      4 years ago

      A wonderful piece and a solid lesson for all.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany

      A beautiful message from a wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing Eddy.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Kim.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      You are correct Deb I did write a similar story a couple of years ago. How great you still remembered.

      Eddy.

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      Kim Dessaix 

      4 years ago

      Yes Eddy, today's youth have so much to be thankful for, and most don't really appreciate it.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think you wrote something similar to this once before…it rings a bell.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      So glad you enjoyed Better Yourself and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you Dianna.

      Eddy.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Glad you enjoyed rdsparrowriter.

      Eddy.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much shara63.

      Eddy.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you sis and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      So glad you enjoyed Michelle.

      Eddy.

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      Better Yourself 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Enjoyed your hub! Great message, it's nice to hear about parents teaching their children to have appreciation and respect for what they have. Well done!

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      Dave 

      4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Has an X-coal worker, which was tough enough when I was young,the hardships suffered by our earlier ancestors must have been almost intolerable. I think the kids of today have no idea what that kind of hardship means. And I why I would not ask or expect them to undergo such hardships, they should be much more grateful for what they do have. Brilliantly done with a moral lesson for us all. Voted up,useful and interesting

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I loved your new poem style you presented here. The story was touching. We just returned from visiting family who live in the coal mine areas and your photo reminded me of some of the hardships the community once faced. Great message!

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      rdsparrowriter 

      4 years ago

      Great message Eddy! It's interesting read to the end :) God bless you!

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      Farhat 

      4 years ago from Delhi

      Depicting a soft and emotional heart your message through powerful words already striked to where it was aimed to...wonderful poem with a unique way of expression..Cudos!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Enjoyed this lots. Wonderful and imaginative.

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      You certainly have a fertile imagination, Eddy!

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Your comment greatly appreciated grand old lady.

      Eddy,

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you as always Ruby.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      So glad you enjoyed DreamerMeg.

      Eddy,

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      thank you Perspycacious.

      Eddy.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Sweet poem. I love the music, too.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Eddy i love this side of your writing skill, a story with a message and you do it so well. Bravo...Shared on twitter..

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      DreamerMeg 

      4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      very interesting story and wonderfully illustrated. My grandfather lost his arm down the mines.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      You are become master of your craft.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you breakfastpop and wishing you a great weekend too.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Devika.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      So glad you enjoyed this one Graham and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Anna.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      I am very glad you also enjoyed this one sallybea and wishing you a great weekend also.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      You are so very welcome Janet and here's to many more for us both to share.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      So happy you are going to share this one with your grandkids Eric.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Your comment greatly appreciated FlourishAnyway .

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you Faith and I am so glad you enjoyed this one.

      Eddy.

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      breakfastpop 

      4 years ago

      You never fail to amaze me. Your imagination and message are magnificent! Voted up and awesome.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A unique hub from you and with such lovely photos. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Graham Lee 

      4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Eddy. A lovely story. Your work improves with every hub.

      Voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Anna Haven 

      4 years ago from Scotland

      A good use of history to deliver an important moral message, and one we should all heed. You portrayed the miner's lives very well.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      4 years ago from Norfolk

      Eiddwen,

      My kind of poem and this one sends a great message. We are indeed fortunate to be living better lives than some who went before us. I only wish that everyone could say the same today.

      Hope you are having a great week-end.

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      Janet Giessl 

      4 years ago from Georgia country

      We all have to lessons to learn. A very important message you shared with us. We should make our children aware of what happened in the past. Thank you for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago

      excellent hub here, I will savor my own children today.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      This is a little different for you and it imparts a message that it's important to help one another. That's important.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Brilliant work, dear Eddy. This may be may favorite (until you publish another) as it just kept me reading with great interest as your words so vividly described ..."the dream" ... wow! Great lesson no doubt.

      Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

      Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      I am so glad you also enjoyed this one Sha.

      Wishing you a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you also Lisa and I look forward to yours also.

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you as always Kevin for stopping by and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      I am so envious of you Billy and bev out there building your hutch and surrounded by your animals. However I am also glad you took the time to stop by. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Your comment so greatly appreciated SDJ.ha.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much John.

      Eddy.

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Such a great story, at first I did not know it was all a dream. Look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      That was beautiful but it also had its sorrowful side Eiddwen. I know that we all have lessons to learn in some way and that was a wonderful way to pass the message on. I voted it up++, shared and pinned it. You have a nice weekend Eiddwen.

      Kevin

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am rapidly approaching the time when I will stop reading and commenting on hubs during the weekends, but I'm here now and I'm always glad I stopped by. Loved the message this delivered. Now, I must go tend to our quail and start building our new rabbit hutch. Have a wonderful weekend.

      billy

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful story, Eddy. I love the moral to the story and glad the young lad allowed himself to rise above his selfishness.

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      DJ Anderson 

      4 years ago

      Realism at its best!

      Oh, how sad, those days of past.

      We do tend to forget how fortunate we are to live in this time of plenty.

      I am glad that you made reference to the young boy remembering a life

      lived before.

      Very nice hub, Eddy.

      DJ.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Something a little different from you Eddy. I enjoyed this, and it's good message. Voted up. Have a good day.

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