San José Mine, Chile: “Chile Has Been Lifted Up”

Chile Has Been Lifted Up

{Mario Gómez In The Mine With God and Friends 2 (edit)}

In the din of sorrow August 5th,
some did say chances were slim
But No!

President Piñera that day
felt 33 alive to pray

Drill, drill, drill, for
bore holes will see
each miracle to be.

Up a skinny borehole August 22
two red notes on a drilling hammer read:
well in the refuge the 33, with hope and life
Mario Gómez, and give
this love letter to my wife

Then all Chile knew
God is not confined to stars
to mountains and valleys
to merchant ships

He dwells in every
interstitial place where
souls may lie and pray

It is said
there is a task of redemption
for every stowaway on
His ship of saints

Could be
some will return with a ticket

It is said
for a bit of chocolate
and the taste of heaven,
Mario Gómez was
a miner for God
and for Chile

Luis Urzúa was his navigator
did the charts

In the hearts of the mine
there were stars, and

down tubes
little packets of food
messages from loved ones

In the hearts of the mine
there were card games
friendships, a diet for
a small waist that’ll fit
in the rescue shaft to come

God minds the miners
gives them strength
an image of family
a bit of chocolate

Chile has capsule, crane and heart.
There are stars in the mine
and stars above.

We lift them together
where sons and Sun may rise

The surface.
Double-thumbs up from ninth man out:
this October thirteen, the writer is seen
Mario Gómez
waving the Chilean flag
embracing his wife, and
kneeling in prayer

We will lift them all united
the 33, with Chile, God
and family

—Douglas Gilbert