~ Copse ‘n’ Corpse (Part 8) ~ By ~ Dewin Nefol ~
Hollowed by nature, hewn by hand,
This entrance with an arching span,
Spanned a space squat and wide,
Room aplenty to squeeze inside.
Tumbled boulders flanked both sides,
Sand lay strewn at whim of tides, yet,
Clear divide upon sea-bed,
Where rusting rail-tracks led.
Tho’ little remained of timber frames,
Columns of wood stood tall,
Below its mantle remnants dangled:
Derelict doors about to fall.
Tho’ dark and dingy I could see,
Inside the cave in front of me.
What little light infused deep grey,
Revealed a dismal passageway.
All this I saw with one quick glance:
An image blurred as if in trance,
Yet easily distracted, my eye attracted,
To where above the mine hung a sign.
In stark contrast to sand and sea,
Affixed to rock horizontally,
Painted in red, ‘Beware!’ I read.
‘Unsafe! Abandoned Mine!’
But time was pressing, lungs stressing,
My dilemma as yet unsolved.
With firmer resolve I renewed my haste,
Quickened my pull, upped my pace.
Pinewood slats where blockading doors,
Lay ruined upon sea floor.
Through this opening I scurried forth,
Hand-over-hand for all my worth.
A short way in the cable thinned:
Twas frayed to just one wire.
Diminished in size it began to rise,
Vertically higher and higher.
To sea-floor I threw my coiled line:
Gathered en route to the disused mine,
It weighted me down upon the ground,
By its action aiding my traction.
But yet, it was this line about my limb,
Tightly knotted, chaffing skin,
Which bound me here inside this hole:
Too heavy to carry, swim and haul.
I stumbled forwards towards cave wall,
Felt gentle currents push and pull,
Hands took hold of slippery rock,
I climbed to where the wire stopped.
Stretching upwards, stood on toes,
Reaching where my line goes:
Inside a fissure formed in fractured rock,
Wherein it coiled about a box.
Tightly held, secured fast,
A box small in size, from metal cast.
Rusted, dusted but still intact,
Its casing complete, without a crack.
With urgent fumbling, rock-wall crumbling,
At last the box tumbled down.
It lay on sea floor where I could see more,
More of the box I’d found.
Still locked, bound, chained around,
Still tied with rotting rope,
I hurried my hand to find the lock,
Believing there was still hope.
~ Copse ‘n’ Corpse (Part 7) precedes this post. Part 9 to follow shortly ~