Friday, 3 December 2010

The Pike River 29

Here's my contribution to FF55, brought to us by the wonderful G-Man.

29 men lost their lives recently in my country in a mining disaster. I didn't realise how much the deaths of strangers could affect me until I watched the remembrance service yesterday. My thoughts are with the families and the residents of Greymouth.

Photo NZPA

Taken from their families too soon
A nation grieves for their loss
Remembrance released tears
A table dedicated to each man
Pictures of loves lost
Notes and drawings from fatherless children
The two minutes silence brought chills
A town standing still but they must move on
Leaving their men to rest in their tomb below

See you tomorrow for Simply Delish
Love KB


  1. Awww KB your tribute is heartfelt

    that community has to move forward but how difficult when loved ones and left behind

    Hugs my friend

  2. That is SO sad, KB. 29, such a loss.

    On a slightly rosier side, you might very much like my post Monday -- YOU are in it.


  3. I watched the news footage...Gut-Wrenching.
    Loved your empathetic 55 Karen.
    Beautifully written..
    Thanks for playing today, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  4. P.S. I am going to make YOUR sidebar button next. Look for it in the next 1 to 24 hours!


  5. That you cry just shows your own humanity. It's a good thing.

  6. Oh's always so tragic. And I agree, you never know what it's like until you experience such happenings...whether for real or on the 'sidelines''s tragic. May they all rest in peace.

    My 55 is posted!! Here is the link for you.

  7. A lovely tribute 55 KB.

    It was such a terrible disaster, I cried watching reports on the TV here.:(

  8. Beautifully put my love.

    Nothing wrong with caring darling, as a matter of fact there should be more of it!

  9. Great tribute, KB. A sad and tragic story.

  10. A really tender tribute. Makes me being freezing cold seem somehow unimportant

  11. Moonie - thanks for stopping by. Hugs to you too.

    Jannie - how exciting! Can't wait to see it.

    G - have a great weekend my friend.

    Alice - it was a very moving ceremony.

    Annie - thanks so much.

    Ake - hugs to you.

    Whitesnake - I agree xxxx

    MM - thank you.

    Keith - keep warm my friend.

  12. I have family in a mine here that collapsed and was never opened (Sunshine Mine, Northern Idaho). A gift from God, my father survived a similar disaster several years previous in the same mine. My heart and prayers are with the families of these men.


    award notice,
    Glad to read you today, prayers, hope all is well...

    let me know if you wish to be part of poets rally week 34.
    Happy Saturday!
    you rock!

  14. smiles...a wonderful rememberance...tragic...

  15. We feel it on this side of the planet as well. A tragedy.

  16. Quilly - I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for your kind wishes.

    Jingle - I probably will in the new year.

    Thanks Brian and JJ.

  17. i live in a mining state in the US where we had a similar terrible disaster within the last couple of years. my heart breaks for the families of the new zealand miners.

  18. Lime - sorry to hear that. Thanks for the kind wishes.