The eyes of the world were on the 33 trapped Chilean miners, while little attention was paid to the rescuers who gathered from all over the world, but especially from the United States, to rescue them. And I suppose that is how it always is. The rescued miners will get their book deals, their appearances on Oprah, their interviews with the world’s press, and deservedly so. They endured quite an ordeal. But one day there will be a book about the rescuers, telling their story. And what a story it is. Quietly, in the shadows, the United States provided the drilling equipment, the drilling crews, the engineering design for the rescue capsule, and the hot food that was lowered into the mine that kept them alive.
All focus on the rescued
So little on the saviors
The drama in the helpless
All eyes on their behaviors
Resigned, despaired or prayerful?
When rescued are they grateful
Or are they less than gracious?
The brave mine men of Chile
Two months and more lie passive
Undaunted though they’re buried
Inside a fissured massif
Outside the world came running
Men rushed to help the victims
Help those in need of rescue
Is one of mankind’s dictums
And so they’re reunited
With wives who wept to see them
Thanks to the men in shadows
Who worked so hard to free them