Stumbled in the dark

Mine bosses simply could not take chances,

Dirty gumboots lay all over,

Silence covered ground lengths,

A cricket’s chirp echoed daylight,

Incessant electricity supply cuts,

Interrupted shaft lifts,

Hypocrites blamed fickle suppliers,

The country became standstill,

Surety of bringing workers to earth alive–

Waned each passing second.

Corporations incurred multiple loses,

Millions off their offshore accounts diminished,

The president kept mum,

He had been warned ten years earlier but,

Could not heed the call to invest in infrastructure.

Families dread nightfall,

Stumbled in the dark.




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