A selection of poems written by pupils of Waunlwyd and Cwm Schools in 2009 for the Miners Memorial
The grass is greener
The river is cleaner
It is so nice to see colour again The miners were working so hard
And we appreciate what they have done
Now they can rest at long last
In a valley that is cleaner and greener
By Stuart Scott Bradley - Waunlwyd School
Chelsie pictured at the Memorial next to her winning entry.
Down in the mine I see nothing but darkness
Down in the mine I see sad faces
Then it all changed, the grass is greener
The river was cleaner
And the river flowed
As the sun glowed
There were no rivers, no sun
Everything was sad, cold and upset
But it’s all fine
The air filled the sky
And the sun helped the plants grow
So there was happiness all around.
By Ciara Tierney -Waunlwyd School
Men working hard morning ‘til night
Their faces black as soot
The green, green grass
By the valley by-pass
I see the faces happy and sad
Thank God I’ve got an unemployed Dad !
By Charlotte Godding - Waunlwyd School
The valley is cleaner
As the grass is greener
The miners working harder
Than we’ll ever know.
The miner will smile as
They see our valley that is
Cleaner and greener today.
By Amy Griffiths - Waunlwyd School
I’m glad the valley is greener
The air is much, much cleaner
I’m happy and I’m sad
Thank goodness I have an employed Dad
There are daffodils growing on the fields
Where the mines used to be
What a lovely site for us to see.
By Rhys Thomas - Waunlwyd School
Hip Hip hooray, it’s greener today
But back in time down the mine
It was dark and glum, children calling
“Where’s my Mum”
Now it’s hapy, never sad, so
Hip hip hooray, it’s cleaner today
They worked very hard, so thanks to them all
Now my life is more of a ball.
By Jade Williams - Waunlwyd School
Stuart Scott Bradley pictured at the Memorial next to his winning entry.
The miners in cages
Black dust on their faces
Work for their wages
Working all day, morning till night
Just to make sure their kids are alright
Mum makes a stew to last all week
Because they can’t afford to have many treats.
Now things are different, the mine is no more
Now people are better and no longer poor.
By Chelsie - Cwm School ( Joint Winner)
When I go down Cwm Miner
I see sad faces
Because no-one has jobs to be done
I see happy faces
As the grass got greener
The river got cleaner
Loads of emotion around.
By Jodie Beynon - Waunlwyd School
The miners worked hard every day
And couldn’t wait to finish work
And shout hip hip hooray
Now there’s green grass
And a new by-pass
It’s Spring at last
Winters’ gone fast
And the flowers will bloom once again.
By Elliot Jones -Waunlwyd School
It is great to see less of the smoke
And more of the sky and the green, green grass Instead of the coal
All the miners who have lost their jobs
Not being able to pay for their food
So all they do is watch the bright sky thinking
Of the times they were down the mine.
By Dylan Thomas - Waunlwyd School