Horrified at the events in Elliot Lake, ON where looking good by gov’t was being put before actual rescue this poem has come to me. This is for all those who are praying, for those who are doing their best to save those who are trapped and especially for those who are still inside, tapping away in hope that someone will come for them.  Pray for them all, won’t you?


As normal a day as they can come.

At the mall. At work. Trusting.

Cracks, breaks and collapse!

Twelve missing from town.

tapping tapping tapping


Rescuers doing what they need to.

At their rigs. In gear. Working.

Fragile concrete house of cards

Politics calls a halt, angry shouts.

tapping tapping tapping


Left inside, dying of thirst, waiting.

In the dark.  In hope. Praying.

Life living while buried alive.

Machines silent and then they roar.

tapping tapping tapping


Unseen tears on faces held in hope.

Hands touching.  Hearts breaking.

Living hell if you are left beneath.

Dying to help, held back by fear.

tapping tapping


Last of the cell phones die.  Darkness.

Dry throats.  Pain filled eyes.  Waiting.

Delicate rescue, enough willing to try.

Failure can’t be an option.  Can’t give up.



What’s worse than knowing you left them?

Seeing them saved.  In spite of your cowardice.

Telling them, “We wanted to give up.” Knowing.

When there is hope, isn’t hope enough to try?




  1. mcnamara1 said,

    June 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Reblogged this on What Defines Original?.

  2. butterflybiblestudies said,

    June 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Oh Shanyn…praying for them! We can only imagine…the tapping! Pam Mosher

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 3:05 am

      I can’t imagine, Pam, how desperate people are to get them out and to be put off would be agonizing.

  3. brian miller said,

    June 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    how haunting the tap tap tapping…the killing time as the gears turn…the whole time lives waiting for rescue….ugh…

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 3:05 am

      Brian – this is one of those epic FUBARS that will be talked about for a long time, praying they get it together soon enough to get them out alive.

  4. 1emeraldcity said,

    June 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    A painful, yet powerful dedication to those trapped, the victims, and the waiting loved ones, often riddled with guilt…because the can’t do enough…reminds me of the miners trapped in cave-ins and explosions, and the waiting, waiting, tapping, tapping… Pray I will. x

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 3:06 am

      So true. And miners expect the element of danger, people in a mall not so much. So shocking how it has been mishandled. Thanks for joining in the praying.

  5. June 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    We’ve been seeing some of this on the news here on PEI. Being claustrophobic myself, I cannot imagine how these trapped people feel either…I’m praying for them. This is heartfelt.

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 3:07 am

      I’m claustrophobic too, and I kept thinking about it and had to write it or I’d go mad! I hear they are still trying to get them out.

  6. June 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    This is a sad and despairing write…the tapping then to silence says a lot ~

    Praying for them too ~


  7. Raven said,

    June 27, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Fine words. I am sorry. They are with me. For dVerse I am here:

  8. ManicDdaily said,

    June 27, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Terrible. Mining awful – for workers and not so great for world either. Terrible. k.

    • ManicDdaily said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:34 am

      PS – your poem is very effective though. k.

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

      Mining is so inherently dangerous we kind of expect it, but in a mall in a small city? Not so much. So scary in so many ways.

      • ManicDdaily said,

        June 27, 2012 at 3:25 am

        Oh dear — I am not familiar with this incident but will check it out. Crazy. k.

      • ManicDdaily said,

        June 27, 2012 at 3:26 am

        Oh dear — I have looked up the incident now – all the tapping made me think of mines and I’d not heard about this one. Crazy. Just insane. So sorry to hear about this. k.

      • shanyns said,

        July 5, 2012 at 2:31 am

        They found the two ladies who were buried, dead. So sad for the community and the responders.

      • ManicDdaily said,

        July 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

        That’s just awful. I am so sorry. k.

  9. Chazinator said,

    June 27, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I had seen the headlines on this but did not yet have time to read further. What a tragedy. These events are exactly horrible for the reasons that you give at the end, how can we quit when there is still hope. I do not imagine that they will give up until all are found and pulled out, hopefully alive. Your poem recalls the terror and horror of this event. I pray more are found soon.

    • shanyns said,

      July 5, 2012 at 2:32 am

      Chaz – thanks for your prayers and comment. It was so tragic. In every way.

  10. kaykuala said,

    June 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Lots of news items to the minute on this. At least hope is being preserved. Hopefully the tapping continues and they get to be rescued. Great take Shanyns!


    • shanyns said,

      July 5, 2012 at 2:33 am

      Hank – thanks for the comment and for reading the poem. Sadly the two ladies did not make it but perhaps enough will be learned that their deaths are not in vain.

  11. June 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Oh you have written this so well. I so agree – isnt hope enough reason to try? all the talking and posturing is so frustrating. As the tapping slowly stopped.

    • shanyns said,

      July 5, 2012 at 2:33 am

      Sherry – as a responder I think hope is always enough! Thanks for coming by and I’m glad you enjoyed the poem.

  12. June 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

    oh so painful and prayerful…yes hope is reason enough.

    • shanyns said,

      July 5, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Laura – thank you for coming by. In any disaster or emergency I believe it is the hope that keeps us all going.

  13. kolembo said,

    July 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

    A nightmare – beautifully told.

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