Would We Stand at Orgreave?

Would we dig deep shifts,
in the coughed guts of this land,
then take home the spat news
our livelihoods have gone?

Would we vote, stand,
to the voiced-charges they made,
that our coal industry, our life,
is not there, will not pay?

Would we shout and argue,
now the future isn’t ours,
and gather at police lines,
faith in this, our last cause?

Would we dare to hold
our sunburnt ground,
before the police horses,
and rage of police hounds?

On Clement’s second call,
when horses charge again,
would we remain, standing,
as honest pit men?

Would we have the strength
to battle any more,
or did Thatcher crush it all
in her short civil war?

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