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The Rescue

Story ID:6405
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:2010
Person:amazed Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Rescue
Oct. 12-2010

I sat last night in front of the TV
With “Billions” watching along with me
Waiting, waiting impatiently
To start the rescue of thirty three

Miners buried deep in the ground
By an engineering marvel
So lucky to be found
Can they be rescued through this tunnel?

The suspense was killing me
What’s the holdup?
Get the rescue started
Hurry, get the first man up.

As I watched that wheel
On that steel tripod
Turning, turning “o” so slowly
I’m saying silently to my self, Help them God.

The sight down in the hole
Jubilation to the “nth” degree
The Medic emerged
And Immediately

The first to be recovered
Was locked into place
I felt tears
On my face

Those long, long, long, minutes
For the capsule to travel to the top
Then to see the arrival of No. 1
I thought my heart would stop.

When he stepped out into our world
Happy, hale, hearty as could be
I think each one watching
Felt as if they too were set free.

It’s now eleven o’clock in California
October thirteen
I just got the news
They’re awaiting the arrival of Number Nineteen.

Fourteen miners to go
Plus a couple paramedics too
That went down in the ground to dispense
Aid and comfort needed for the crew

Phoenix
You’re the hero here
Because of your metal capsule
We can loudly cheer.

Monte L. Manka 10-13-10